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March 27, 2001

GRAND OPENING OF UNM COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS FUELING STATION SET

The University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD) have teamed up to help the Land of Enchantment Clean City Coalition meet its alternative fuel use goals.

The University will be assisting Albuquerque, the first city in New Mexico designated as a “Clean City,” attain its goals with its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the fueling station located in the southeast corner of the “G” lot on the east side of University Blvd., between Lomas and Indian School, N.E.

The N.M. Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department helped UNM fund the project with a $75,000 grant. The University contracted with the Public Service Company of New Mexico to install the compressor, dispenser and building for a cost of $185,000 on UNM property. PNM owns and will maintain the compressor and storage tanks, while UNM owns the dispenser, credit card reader, site and building. The City of Albuquerque will use the station as a customer for its CNG-fueled vehicles.

“This project is a model for any public-private partnership,” said Louise Martinez of NMEMNRD’s Energy Conservation Division. “The City of Albuquerque, PNM, UNM and our department all worked together to make this project a success. Not only will all project partners benefit, but so will Albuquerque’s air quality.”

A light lunch will be served during the grand-opening celebration with some interesting details about this unusual project. Dupuy Bateman, Associate Vice President Auxiliary Services at UNM, will introduce Mayor Jim Baca, who will speak on Albuquerque and the Clean Cities program. Chris Wentz, director of Energy Conservation and Management Division at N.M. Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources will discuss their role, and Erick Seelinger, project engineer from PNM, will discuss PNM’s role in the project.

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