(TNS) -- New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich last week each proposed legislation to better improve the state's energy infrastructure and make it more environmentally friendly.
Last Tuesday during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Heinrich proposed boosting the state's energy infrastructure and updating it for the 21st century.
A news release from Heinrich's office said that building energy infrastructure is "critical to realizing our nation's true clean energy potential and creating jobs in New Mexico."
During the committee hearing, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the agency's first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review.
"The Quadrennial Energy Review was called for by President (Barack) Obama as an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy," a news release said.
Moniz announced the DOE's first installments of the review, which focuses on energy transmission, storage and distribution of energy.
During the hearing, Heinrich discussed electric energy storage technologies with Moniz.
He also proposed working with National Laboratories to assist states in addressing the benefits of a distributed generation to the grid.
Last Thursday, Udall presented legislation to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that would promote water and energy conservation.
"Udall's Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act would fund smart water system pilot projects to help develop innovative strategies to manage water use and increase efficiency," a news release said.
According to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency an estimated 2.1 trillion gallons of treated drinking water is lost to leaks in water pipes each year.
Losing this water wastes the energy used to treat and pump it.
Udall's bill would help to find a solution to these problems by creating smart water system projects across the country.
"Westerners are all too familiar with the impact of limited water resources on our way of life and our economy," Udall said. "Leaks cost us more than two trillion gallons of clean drinking water each year — every drop really does count."
With Udall's bill, would help promote fixing the leaks that causes water to be lost.
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