Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Heinrich Continues Charge To Make Widespread Electrification A Reality In Every Community At PowerUP Expo In Las Cruces

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LAS CRUCES, NM — Jan. 20, 2023, US Sen. Martin Heinrich (DN.M.), founder and co-chair of the Electrification Caucus, joined local leaders to highlight the benefits of electrification during the first-ever “PowerUP Las Cruce’s Expo and Training.”

“I am thrilled that New Mexico State University, Doña Ana Community College, the City of Las Cruces, El Paso Electric, Mitsubishi, Metro Verde and others are partnering to convene this first ever PowerUP Expo to showcase the benefits of electrification. Electrifying our homes and businesses with clean and electric technologies—from electric vehicles to heat pumps—will lower costs, make buildings and homes healthier and more comfortable, and create great careers in the trades. I am enormously proud to see the whole Las Cruces community embrace this once-in-a-generation opportunity and truly lead the nation in adopting electrification solutions,” Heinrich said.

The expo is a collaboration between the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, Doña Ana Community College, El Paso Electric, Mitsubishi, Metro Verde and others with the goal to broaden public understanding of new electric technologies by demonstrating the benefits of electrifying homes , buildings and vehicles and using renewable energy sources. The expo features hands-on demonstrations, workshops and exhibits from more than 40 exhibitors, including several colleges and departments from NMSU and DACC.

Heinrich established a new rebate program in the Inflation Reduction Act that provides upfront, point-of-sale rebates for the purchase and installation of electric appliances and equipment in single-family homes and multi-family buildings, with additional support for low- and moderate-income households.

Over $87 million will be available to the State of New Mexico and Tribes in the state from the Inflation Reduction Act for consumer home energy rebate programs, enabling communities to make homes more energy efficient, upgrade electric appliances, and cut energy costs.

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