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New Mexico’s Clean Economy is Growing

August 4, 2011

SANTA FE, N.M. - In just five years, New Mexico has gone from having almost no clean economy jobs, services or products to having almost 18,000 clean economy jobs, and they pay an average wage of $39,000 a year. According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, New Mexico ranks 36th in the country for the size of its clean economy.

Commissioner Jason Marks with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission says the state is prime real estate for taking advantage of the switch to a clean economy.

"We are blessed with some of the best solar and wind resources in the United States, so we have the resources to transition to something that is sustainable over the long term."

Looking back to 2006, he says, almost no companies were providing wind turbines, solar panels or services to those industries, but New Mexico's business climate has changed since then.

"Today, if you open up the yellow pages, you drive around, you go to the Web - if you look around - you'll find quite a few companies doing this kind of work. A bunch of them have sprung up since 2006."

Marks is calling on federal policymakers such as Interior Secretary Salazar to support a transition to a clean energy economy on New Mexico's public, private and tribal lands.

A report fact sheet is available at

Dick Layman, Public News Service - NM