Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Garcia joins American Public Gas Assn. board

Las Cruces Utilities Deputy Director Natural Gas and Energy Lucio Garcia was appointed to the American Public Gas Association Board of Directors during the July 20 APGA Annual Meeting.

Garcia begins his three-year term with APGA — a national, not-for-profit association representing more than 700 publicly-owned natural gas distribution systems in 38 states. APGA is the only trade association representing the interests of public natural gas systems at the federal legislative and regulatory levels.

“Mr. Garcia brings to the APGA Board of Directors many years of experience working in the natural gas industry. His leadership ability and knowledge of energy issues, especially natural gas utilities, will serve our members and industry well,” said APGA President and CEO Dave Schryver. “With the many natural gas issues our industry faces in Congress, the administration, and federal agencies, public natural gas systems are presented with numerous challenges and opportunities.”

Schryver added, “Our current supply projection provides our country with a unique opportunity to utilize our domestic natural gas resources to reduce our energy dependence, increase overall energy efficiency, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Garcia understands the issues we face, and APGA looks forward to his leadership and guidance over the next three years to meet these challenges and to address the needs of natural gas consumers.”

“I’m honored by the appointment to the Board, which will let me share the perspectives and experiences from southern New Mexico,” said Garcia. “LCU is working toward ways to expand our energy resources that will not only enhance efficiency and decrease gas emissions but look to make long-term decisions that are favorable for the true sustainability of the energy needs of our communities.”

LCU Director Delilah Walsh added that Garcia’s leadership in the APGA will be beneficial in elevating the scope of local efforts to transition into new avenues of energy production.

“Natural gas in Las Cruces gives us a foundation for our customers’ energy needs until we can supplement our system with renewable energy sources that make sense to our city and state,” said Walsh. “We are already seeing this in the collaboration with the City of Las Cruces and its photovoltaic effort, where LCU has set up solar panels at various locations, like the West Mesa Wastewater Treatment Facility. Those collaborations are key in growing more sustainable resources in the future, while at a national level we are still represented in the natural gas community by our own Lucio Garcia.”

LCU—Your Utility Connection. Customer Central can be reached at 575-541-2111 from 8 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday. LCU provides clean, safe, and reliable services to Las Cruces residents and businesses. Learn more at las-cruces.org/180/Utilities. For emergencies, call Dispatch at 575-526-0500.

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