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NMJC Takes Part in National Energy Conference

5/30/2008 3:07:34 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. In partnership with the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy (NMCEP), New Mexico Junior College was engaged in the well-attended, national energy conference held Tuesday, May 27, 2008. The conference entitled, "The Making of Energy Policy: Where Are We Going?" was held on the main floor of the Lea County Event Center.

A total of 328 individuals from the local area as well as from out-of-state came to hear presentations by speakers from NMCEP, the United States Department of Energy, the American Petroleum Industry, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the Electric Power Research Institute, the National Enrichment Facility, New Mexico Technical Institute and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

The goal of NMCEP is to provide energy-related research services, technical assistance and educational opportunities for businesses, industries, governments, communities, and individuals. The Center demonstrates how an energy-production community can be an information resource for energy and economic development policymakers.
The primary focuses of this conference were energy security, the development of unconventional fuels, and the need for congress to step up its participation in these concerns.

Robert Gallagher, president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, said four things are needed to help the energy crisis: a policy that increases the United States energy production rather than decreases it, a public policy framework, officials in congress who understand the energy problems being faced, and diversification in energy production.

Senator Pete Domenici, who was honored with the National Energy Policy Leadership Award, concluded the daylong conference with a dinner presentation outlining the need for energy independence. Though doubtful that an immediate solution is available for the energy crisis, Domenici is optimistic that deep-sea exploration, coal and oil shale may offer some answers in the future.

For more informationon NMCEP, please contact Robert Caudle at (575) 492-2784.

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