World Biogas Summit: Mayor Alan Webber on Santa Fe’s clean energy future


Mayor Alan Webber of City of Santa Fe, New Mexico told the World Biogas Summit today (8th July) exactly how the sit obtained the first certified Green Bonds used in the State of New Mexico, to build an anaerobic digester CHP plant at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Integrated with a solar array, 94% of the facility’s energy needs are now met by renewables, helping both the City of Santa Fe itself and the wide world as it looks to build back greener from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Introducing the city, and its background, Mayor Webber, said “In Santa Fe, New Mexico, we’re 7000 feet up, we are a mountain city, but also a very dry city. And so, for decades, we’ve had a standing commitment to water conservation, to energy renewability, and now we are marshalling our resources when it comes to our waste and wastewater project.”

“So let me dip into that project, and tell you a little bit about how it happened. I think the key takeaways are, context matters enormously. You have to want to make a difference. You have to have a commitment to change and to have the overarching goal of achieving sustainability.”

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