Category: Innovation

You’re Invited! Distributed Energy Summit ’21

MSL is proud to be producing this event for the NM SMART Grid Center, and we would like to invite all those interested to attend what promises to be a stimulating series of discussions on NM’s clean energy transition and its broader implications.

We hope you can join us!

YOU’RE INVITED!
2nd Annual Virtual Distributed Energy Summit

Please join us on Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30, 2021 for a Virtual Summit on New Mexico’s energy transition and a holistic view of challenges and opportunities. Learn about the many exciting efforts and initiatives in the areas of Economy, Technology, and Workforce, and consider how all institutions and New Mexicans can benefit.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required. Registration deadline is July 22. Register at the Summit webpage. The Zoom link will be provided to registrants shortly before the event.

If COVID-19 conditions permit, SFCC will host an on-site tour of its Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center on Friday afternoon, July 30 – see separate sign-up in the registration form.

Summit Highlights

  • NM’s Clean Energy Economy – Systems & Strategy with Cabinet Secretary Alicia Keyes of the NM Economic Development Department, the Santa Fe Institute, the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the Roosevelt Project, and the NMSU i-CREW initiative
  • NM’s Advanced Energy Technology – Tactics & Innovation with Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst of the NM Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, Public Service Company of NM (PNM), El Paso Electric Company, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, and founders/CEOs of NM energy tech startups
  • NM’s New Energy Workforce – Skills & Training with the SFCC Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center, and advanced energy programs at Northern NM College and San Juan College
  • Onsite Tour of Santa Fe Community College — Get a first-hand look at SFCC’s Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center, battery energy storage system, solar PV generation array, and controlled agriculture environment

Access the full agenda and schedule, speaker biographies, and background material at the Summit webpage.

Questions? Contact Victoria Ortiz Victoria.ortiz6@sfcc.edu

The Summit is presented by Santa Fe Community College’s Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center and is supported by the NM SMART Grid Center, an NSF-funded project of NM EPSCoR.smart grid center logo



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As stated by NSF, “The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) domain designed to build a more cohesive research-to-innovation pipeline and foster a collaborative spirit…. (more…)



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