Gov. Martinez, DOI official added to Carlsbad Energy Summit
Martinez to discuss energy policy at annual event
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was a last-minute addition to the Carlsbad Mayor’s Energy Summit scheduled for Thursday in Carlsbad.
Martinez was announced as a speaker by the City of Carlsbad in a Thursday news release.
She joins several energy industry leaders, including executives from XTO Energy, Chevron, Gravity Oilfield Services and Occidental Petroleum.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway commended Martinez for acknowledging the importance of southeast New Mexico, a region that saw significant growth in extraction from the Delaware and Permian basins.
Records show about one third of New Mexico’s revenue is supported by the oil and gas industry, with most of the state’s rigs in Eddy and Lea counties.
“We’re extremely honored to have Gov. Martinez join us in this important discussion,” Janway said. “We believe Gov. Martinez well understands the essential role southeastern New Mexico plays in the state and the nation.”
Martinez’s second and final term as governor will end in January. She was the first Hispanic woman elected to a governor post in the history of the United States.
Previously, Martinez served as a prosecutor in Doña Ana County for 25 years.
She will be joined by Casey Hammond, federal deputy assistant secretary for lands and mineral management.
Hammond’s department oversees federal agencies with the U.S. Department of Interior, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
He started at the Department in January 2017, previously working as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This is the second year in a row in which the Department of the Interior has sent a high-ranking official to our energy summit,” Janway said. “We very much appreciate the Department’s acknowledgement of the significance of the Delaware basin.”
During her term as governor, Martinez operated under an “all of the above” philosophy when it came to energy policy, unveiling the plant in 2015, to diversify New Mexican energy beyond oil and gas.
That was New Mexico’s first official energy policy in about 25 years, read the May news release.
She announced that month that in the first two months of 2018, renewable energy accounted for more than 30 percent of New Mexico’s electricity generation.
Renewables ranked second in the state during that time, ahead of coal and natural gas.
“This balanced and diverse mix of energy generation is proof our ‘all of the above’ approach to harnessing New Mexico’s energy resources is working,” Martinez said.
“This diversification of our energy portfolio cements New Mexico’s status as an energy leader as our energy policies continue to create jobs, diversify and grow our economy and move our nation toward energy independence.”
Ken McQueen, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department said Martinez’s philosophy was successful in diversifying New Mexico’s energy, and emphasizing multiple sources.
“This is a turning point for New Mexico, as alternative energy is becoming mainstream,” he said in the May news release. “Early 2018 will now be remembered as the period when the state’s three main sources of power generation – coal, gas and renewables – reached parity.”
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- Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher
- XTO Energy President Sara Ortwein
- Gravity Oilfield Services’ Pat Bond
- Chevron’s Don Puckett
- Occidental Petroleum’s Oscar Quintero.
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