US Secretary of Power visits vitality effectivity mission in Albuquerque

Live stream of the press conference at 10:30 a.m.

by: Chris McKee

Posted: Aug 18, 2021 / 10:06 AM MDTUpdated: August 18, 2021 / 11:57 AM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – America’s leading energy official is making several stops in Albuquerque Wednesday to sponsor renewable energy projects. On a first stop, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited an apartment complex in Albuquerque that has recently been redesigned with a handful of energy-efficient improvements.

The DOE secretary’s visit to Albuquerque is part of a larger visit to New Mexico as the Biden government seeks to promote its renewable energy initiatives. The government is also trying to highlight infrastructure investments ahead of Congress votes to fund other parts of Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.

Granholm visited an apartment in the Casa Shalom Apartments in Albuquerques International District near Zuni and Wyoming this morning. This complex has been highlighted by several local authorities for work to replace inefficient equipment, among other things. The work in the apartments included resealing the windows in the residential units, installing new electrical appliances, water-saving shower heads, LED light bulbs and new insulation.

The Casa Shalom development is a cooperative residential community. Much of the recent energy improvements were funded in part by a $ 100,000 grant from the City of Albuquerque. The Biden administration is expected to demand more federal funding for energy efficiency projects through budget reconciliation processes.

“If we can pass this law of reconciliation, it will be a big step forward, but we could get up to $ 10 billion in additional discounts at point of sale (for buying energy-efficient appliances),” said US Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat of New Mexico . “What this does is, say, you have technology like air to heat pump water heaters that are a few hundred dollars more than the gas water heaters that make up (discount) (the cost of the water heater) so you save from the first day, every month you pay less for your electricity bills and that saves the resident forever for the future. “

Minister Granholm highlighted the costs Americans pay for food, childcare, rent, transportation and energy, saying “it’s super expensive to have a low income” and that the Biden government wants to “solve this problem.” Granholm said device electrification and home waterproofing are a big step, highlighting the $ 3.5 billion in additional funds for weathering aid approved in the latest infrastructure bill

“In the second step, I know that Senator Heinrich and Senator Van Hollen are working together to put a lot more money into the electrification of houses, like billions and billions more,” said Minister Granholm. “So between the two of them there will be substantial federal aid in addition to the aid that all these other government units and corporations are providing.”

After attending the “Home Electrification Demonstration” in the International District, Secretary Granholm is expected to visit other locations in Albuquerque, including Pajarito Power to view hydrogen technology and Kairos Power to study nuclear technology. It will conclude Monday with a “Round Table on the Transmission of Renewable Energies” in Albuquerque. Granholm is visiting New Mexico for two days.

The US Department of Energy is responsible for overseeing 17 national laboratories across the country, including Sandia Labs and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to serving as DOE secretary, Granholm was governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011.

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