Underneath New Mexico’s landscape lie some of the largest reservoirs of oil & gas in the country, including the Permian Basin. In 2022, it was the second-largest crude oil-producing state in the country (right after Texas) and was among the top 10 states for natural gas. But it’s not all about the fossils. Wind power is surging in popularity and plans are afoot to send that energy over state lines to Western cities through the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. Thanks to the development of tribal nations solar farms, solar is also experiencing a period of growth.
Want to get involved? Check out the wide range of energy-focused degrees & certificates in our NM listings. There’s something here for everyone, including aspiring wind & solar technicians. For engineers, we also recommend a visit to UNM’s Center for Emerging Energy Technologies (CEET) and the New Mexico Clean Energy Resilience and Growth (NM CERG) cluster. NM CERG is feeding off work being done in NMSU’s Renewable Energy and Thermal Systems Laboratory (REThermS Lab).