The New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers chapter was established in 1988 due to diligent efforts of a few founding members including the first Chapter President, Lynne Behnfield Thomas. Over the years, the leaders and membership have represented concerned citizens, controls contractors, energy equipment representatives, design engineers, public utilities (esp. PNM), New Mexico government (esp. Energy Conservation and Management Division of EMNRD) plus other institutional facilities ( including local school districts, city, county, state, military, federal governments and national laboratory employees).
Currently nine monthly meetings are held each year from September through May in the Albuquerque area. Typically meeting are held at lunch time on the fourth Tuesday of each Month. The September meeting is a dinner event jointly attended with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), for the purpose of presenting Local Energy Awards . The January meeting is typically a joint meeting with the Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IES).
Now is a great time to be involved in the energy industry in America, not since the oil embargo of 1973 has there been such worldwide interest. Renewed efforts in energy conservation, green buildings, reductions to carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, smart electrical grids, better energy generation and transmission, renewable energy systems, and even nuclear power signal busy times for our members in the years ahead.