Recent & Active Research — Energy Resources
Energy resources, like petroleum, coal, uranium and geothermal, all contribute to New Mexico's economy. Since our establishment in 1927, the Bureau has conducted research on energy resources throughout New Mexico. These are some of our projects.
Use criteria in the form below to search by keyword, feature or region. Combining search criteria may provide few or no results.
The current and recent research projects shown below are listed in random order.
Uranium Transport and Sources in New Mexico: A five-year EPSCoR program
In 2013, a team of New Mexico Tech researchers began a study of uranium transport, uranium source characteristics, and uranium legacy issues in New Mexico. The effort was funded by Energize New Mexico, a five-year NSF EPSCoR program that concluded in 2018 and that encompassed five research components focused on developing non-carbon emitting energy technologies. The uranium team, which included researchers from UNM, addressed uranium deposits and mine waste mainly in the Grants Mining District, including Laguna Pueblo, and on Navajo Nation lands. These uranium studies span a range of science and engineering disciplines, and not only provide new conclusions impacting remediation, hazard management, and uranium extraction, but hold implications for human health.
Geothermal Resources in New Mexico
New Mexico currently utilizes low and intermediate temperature geothermal resources for aquaculture, greenhouses, recreation, district heating, and space heating. In recent years there has been renewed interest in exploring and developing these geothermal resources, and in determining the sustainability of existing resources statewide.