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State offers energy reduction workshops for ag producers

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The New Mexico Economic Development Department will offer workshops to rural small businesses and agricultural producers to help them reduce energy consumption and operating costs.

The workshops are offered in conjunction with the Energy Conservation and Management Division of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The workshops led by engineers will educate participants on how to decrease their energy consumption and implement renewable energy sources, and will include information about how energy savings tie into their financial stability.

The workshops are free but online registration is required. Additionally, a limited number of on-site assessments will be offered to businesses at an extremely reduced rate. Participants’ cost for the assessments conducted by an engineer is a flat fee of $50, no matter the size of the facility.

The first workshop is at 10 am. Nov. 1 in Taos. Workshops are planned in various locations throughout the state through 2019. For more information and the registration website address, contact Johanna Nelson, Johanna.Nelson@state.nm.us, 505-827-0264.