N.M. AWMA: April 2nd Meeting!

The New Mexico Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) will hold its April meeting in the Banquet Room at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill (10415 Central Avenue NE, northeast corner at Eubank) in Albuquerque on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. For more information about AWMA, please visit: http://www.AWMA.org/.

Gerard Ortiz, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), will present: “Electricity Usage Trends and Planning for Future Resources.” Gerald will cover the following topics:
• Brief overview of national and local usage trends
• Factors that drive utility investments
• Current status of PNM’s future resource plans including:
• What’s going on with PNM’s largest coal resource, the San Juan Generating Station?
• What role energy efficiency and renewables play in these plans?
In addition, PNM is offering the following tour:
Launched in the fall of 2011, the PNM Prosperity Project, is the nation’s first solar storage facility fully integrated into a utility power grid that uses smart grid technology to advance renewable energy. The ½ megawatt project is located just south of Albuquerque, and it features 2,158 solar panels and a battery energy storage system linked to a sophisticated computer bank that collects over 220 data points per second. PNM will be hosting several tours this spring of the PNM Prosperity Project:
• Friday, April 12, 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m.
Please contact Amy Miller at 241-2721 or at [email protected] to sign up for a tour date. Space is limited to 20 participants at each tour. For PNM’s Regulatory Information, please visit: http://www.pnm.com/regulatory/home.htm. For more information about PNM’s Power Plants, please visit: http://www.pnm.com/systems/plants.htm?source=enviro_home. For more information about PNM’s Prosperity Energy Storage Project, please visit: http://www.pnm.com/systems/battery.htm?source=col3.

AWMA’s N.M. Chapter would like to express its appreciation to Dave Thomas, President of New Mexicans for Science and Reason (NMSR), for his March presentation entitled: “Climate Change: Just Nature, or are Humans the Problem?” How can we tell man-made warming from natural climate change? Why is carbon dioxide more worrisome than other greenhouse gases? Has the “Climategate” scandal really disproved global warming? Do we still need more data to decide? Dave, a New Mexico physicist and teacher, discussed these topics and more. For more information about NMSR, please visit: http://nmsr.org/. For NMSR’s Anthropogenic Global Warming Fact Sheet, please visit: http://www.nmsr.org/nmsr_agw.htm. For Dave’s Albuquerque Journal Op Ed “Writer Wrong on Climate Change”, please visit: http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2013/02/04/opinion/writer-wrong-on-climate-change.html.

AWMA’s New Mexico Chapter continues a popular service through this newsletter to exchange potential employment information. If you are an environmental professional seeking employment or an employer with vacancies, please respond to this E-Mail.
• No availability announcements received for this month.
• No vacancy announcements received for this month.

AWMA’s local “sister” association, the New Mexico Society of Hazardous Materials Managers (NMSHMM), holds its monthly meetings on the third Wednesdays of the month at the Macaroni Grill, I-40 and Louisiana in Albuquerque at 11:30 a.m. For more information about the NMSHMM with direct links to certification and meeting information, please visit: http://www.NMSHMM.org/.

AWMA’s local “cousin” association, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) New Mexico Chapter, meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, at the MCM Elegante Hotel located at 2020 Menaul NE in Albuquerque. For more information about USGBC New Mexico Chapter events, please visit: http://www.usgbcnm.org/.

AWMA’s local “green” sheep of the family, the New Mexico GREEN Chamber of Commerce, serves “green drinks” the first Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 to 9:30 PM, Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd Street Northwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102. For more information about the GREEN Chamber, please visit: http://nmgreenchamber.com/.

AWMA Chapter meetings are normally held the first Tuesday of the month, so please mark your calendars now to meet at the Golden Corral. An open Board of Directors meeting may precede each meeting at 11:00 a.m. To suggest meeting topics or volunteer as a speaker, please contact AWMA Vice Chair Marcelle van Reenen at (505) 412-3198 or E-mail her at: [email protected]. Guests and visitors are always welcome to meetings! No-host lunch (no RSVP or fee required – attendee pays for own buffet lunch and beverages). AWMA’s national Individual Member dues is now $180 while the N.M. Chapter’s Associate Member dues is still only $15 per year. For more information about the Chapter, please visit: https://awma-rmss.org/nmmeetings.htm. For more information about the Golden Corral, please visit: http://www.goldencorral.com/.

This AWMA New Mexico Chapter Newsletter is published monthly by the New Mexico Chapter. Subscriptions are available to full and associate members including interested individuals. With exception of articles derived from other sources, material may be reprinted with attribution. Opinions expressed are those of the authors unless clearly stated otherwise. Send change of address or other correspondence to 8 Monticello Drive Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87123-9601, or to officers: Chair, Heather Seus (505) 412-2192, [email protected]; Vice Chair, Marcelle van Reenen, (505) 412-3198, [email protected] Treasurer, Jennifer Dann, (505) 846-8781, [email protected]; or Secretary, Mike du Mond, (505) 294-7841, [email protected].