Heinrich, Luján, Vasquez Welcome $2.5 Million for Doña Ana County 

Two federal grants will lower costs, create more job opportunities, strengthen infrastructure resilience

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) welcomed two federal grants totaling $2,470,000 million for Doña Ana County from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to address our changing climate.  

DOE awarded $470,000 to the City of Las Cruces for its Plugged in for Good (PIFG) Energy Alliance project to promote electrification and weatherization that will lower energy costs for low-income families, protect New Mexicans from extreme heat events, and build the clean energy workforce by investing in job training through registered apprenticeships.  

DOT awarded $2,000,000 to the County of Doña Ana to conduct a comprehensive resilience plan that will focus on transportation infrastructure vulnerabilities during emergency evacuations and climate-related disasters. The DOT funding will support a study that recommends short-term projects for completion in 3-5 years, review land-use policies, and integrate nature-based solutions into the design and operations of the construction work. The funds are made possible through the Infrastructure Law, which Heinrich and Luján helped pass into law. 

“Investing in working families includes doubling down on efforts to lower energy costs, strengthen the local workforce, and build resilient infrastructure,” said Heinrich. “I’m proud to welcome $2.5 million in federal funds for Doña Ana County that will make homes healthier and more efficient, lower costs to make utility bills more affordable, and create more high-quality career opportunities that New Mexicans can build their families around.”  

“I’m proud to join my colleagues to welcome these critical investments that will improve transportation infrastructure and create more opportunities for clean energy,” said Luján. “This investment from the Department of Transportation will help identify how our local infrastructure in Doña Ana County can be strengthened to support emergency evacuations, including during natural disasters. In addition, I’m glad this separate investment from the Department of Energy will help lower costs for families by expanding access to clean, renewable energy through workforce education and training.” 

“As New Mexicans, we know all too well about the challenges climate change poses with the increased threat of wildfires, drought and extreme heat. I’m proud to secure this funding for Doña Ana County to address transportation vulnerabilities during emergencies and climate disasters,” said Vasquez. “These investments will lay the groundwork to strengthen our infrastructure, lower costs and build a more resilient future.” 

“This grant award will be a tremendous boost for some of our residents, particularly those who live in Las Cruces’ older, more established neighborhoods. This grant is designed to help them retrofit and modernize the homes they have worked so hard to own. The improvements to their homes will make them more energy efficient and will  improve the quality of life for their families. I am excited about the potential opportunities this grant could present for our hard-working residents,” said Las Cruces Mayor Eric Enriquez.  

For more information on the $470,000 federal grant from DOE, click here.  

For more information on the $2 million federal grant from DOT made possible through the Infrastructure Law, click here



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