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New Mexico Energy Transition Act Committee to meet next Thursday

Virtual meeting will discuss proposals for use of $20 Million in economic funds for San Juan County

For Immediate Release
December 8, 2020

Contact: Stacy Johnston
Acting Public Information Officer


New Mexico Energy Transition Act Committee to meet next Thursday

Virtual meeting will discuss proposals for use of $20 Million in economic funds
for San Juan County


(Albuquerque, NM) – Thursday, December 17th, the Energy Transition Act Committee (ETAC) consisting of local community members in NW New Mexico will hold their second of three required meetings. The ETAC will review responses to the Request for Information, hear presentations from each submission group, provide opportunity for questions, and offer direction for further development if needed.  

A request for Information was made in November by the ETAC, all proposals are available online at www.dws.state.nm.us/ETA.  

The New Mexico Economic Development, Indian Affairs, and Workforce Solutions Departments will be using recommendations from this committee to fund projects allowing workers new areas of opportunity after the closure of the San Juan Generating station and its accompanying coal mine. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting, and can pre-register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4gHP8BYOT6KgXmyj0atQlw.

The meeting begins at 8am and is scheduled to end at 5:30. The full agenda is below:


2nd Meeting of the
Energy Transition Act Community Advisory Committee (ETAC)

December 17, 2020
Morning Session:  8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM


Meeting hosted on Zoom

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Conveners:  The Honorable GloJean Todacheene; The Honorable Jason Sandel; The Honorable Tom Taylor

Executive Officials:  Bill McCamley, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Workforce Solutions; Nadine Padilla, Deputy Cabinet Secretary Indian Affairs Department; Mark Roper, Division Director, Economic Development Department

Members:  Mayor Cynthia Atencio, City of Bloomfield; Deon Ben, Community Representative; Mayor Mark Duncan, Town of Kirtland; Shannon Fitzgerald, NM Building Trades; Commissioner Jack Fortner, San Juan County; Michelle Henry, Navajo Nation; Joseph Hernandez, Community Representative; Victor Snover, City of Aztec; Delegate Wilson Stewart Jr., Navajo Nation Council; John Thompson, San Juan College; Arvin Trujillio, Four Corners Economic Development; Warren Unsicker, City of Farmington; Joshua Valencia, Jicarilla Apache Nation.

Meeting Goals/Action Item

This webinar is being hosted as the second formal meeting of the Energy Transition Act Community Advisory Committee (ETAC) pursuant to the New Mexico Energy Transition Act.  The ETAC will utilize this meeting to review responses to the Request for Information which are all posted online at www.dws.state.nm.us/ETA and for the committee to provide direction for further development.  In some cases, the ETAC will specify information proposals to be further developed for detailed proposals.

Request for Information Details: 

Request for Information submissions are available at https://www.dws.state.nm.us/ETA.  The soft deadline for submissions was October 31, 2020.  In the interest of ensuring broad opportunity, additional submissions were accepted through December 13, 2020.  Late submissions may not have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions, but will have their proposal reviewed and considered by the ETAC at this meeting.

Ground Rules: 

  • Panel discussions will begin by submission category with each submission being briefly explained. 
  • Panelists will be allotted 10 minutes to offer a description of their submission.
  • Thereafter ETAC members will be recognized for Q&A of the panel, and questions may be directed at one or all of the presenters.
  • ETAC Members are encouraged to review proposals and submit questions in advance of the meeting so they can be aggregated and reduce duplication.  Member questions can be submitted to nmdws.communication@state.nm.us.
  • ETAC members will be provided feedback scoring sheets which are to be submitted by email to nmdws.communication@state.nm.us with the subject identified as “Scoring Sheets by [your name]”. 
  • Public Feedback will be taken in order based upon request a pre-meeting or day-of request to provide audience feedback.  Please request the opportunity to speak in advance of the meeting at nmdws.communication@state.nm.us with the subject identified as “ETAC Meeting Request to Speak”.  Day of meeting requests will be accommodated through the use of the Zoom meeting functions.


Any person requiring language or technical assistance to engage in this very important community meeting may email nmdws.communication@state.nm.us with the subject identified as ETAC technical assistance. Considering New Mexico’s Stay-At-Home Public Health Order it is unlawful and unsafe to accommodate group participation sessions for this meeting. If the state’s Public Health Order is changed such that gatherings of people are allowed in time for this meeting, efforts will be made to accommodate group sessions. Otherwise, every attempt will be made to ensure individuals have the capability and access to participate in this meeting.




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