Energy Partners of New Mexico
(REP) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit
organization, founded in 1998 by Richard Mason, Charles Bensinger
and Clare Zurawski. |
The mission of REP is:
promote the use of utility-scale renewable energy for electrical generation and
to further the use of renewable transportation fuels.
REP opened Santa Fe's first public Ethanol E85 refueling station.
In October of 2004, REP opened a multiple alternative fuel
refueling station near downtown Santa Fe. This station is
the first in the nation to feature three alternative fuels
-- Biodiesel B20, Ethanol E10 and Ethanol E85. Charles Bensinger
is Biofuels Program Manager and oversees the daily operation
of the pump.
an active member of the New Mexico Sustainable Energy Collaborative,
and has testified at the NM Public Regulation Commission and
in the State Legislature on issues regarding renewable energy
and alternative transportation fuels.
Solving the problem of pollution and the dangerous and costly
national dependency on petroleum is a major emphasis of our
mission and our efforts. Since 2001 we have focused on bringing
practical, affordable, and environmentally sensible biofuels
to the public and government agencies in Central and Northern
To help in this ambitious undertaking several Santa Fe citizens
as well as the McCune Foundation and other local foundations
have contributed predevelopment funds. Also, with the assistance
of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and National Resources
Department we have secured funding from the US Department
of Energy and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition to develop
and install biodiesel and ethanol E85 infrastructure in Central
and Northern New Mexico.
infrastructure is an expensive undertaking, so REP is working
closely with existing petroleum retailers to craft mutually
beneficial partnerships. Our first E85 ethanol facility is
located at the GIANT Horseman's Haven, Phillips 66, 4354 Cerrillos
Road in Santa Fe. The second alternative fuel facility is
located at the GIANT Conoco Station at 1229 Cerrillos Road,
at the junction with Baca Street..
Because school bus drivers and school-age children riding
diesel school buses are daily subjected to dangerous particulates
and toxic chemicals, REP would like to undertake a school
bus biodiesel pilot program. The REP pilot program entails
providing a 1,000 gallon aboveground biodiesel tank at the
bus refueling yard. REP raises funds to purchase and install
the tank and the fuel dispenser, and if funding permits, can
provide a partial buy-down of the additional cost of the fuel.
Since biodiesel is a clearly preferable fuel from a public
health standpoint, and reduces the cost of bus maintenance
as well, it is our belief that once fleet operators and bus
riders experience the superior and preferable nature of the
fuel relative to petroleum diesel, they will elect to make
it their fuel of choice.
would like to expand its programs to additional cities, communities
and fleets throughout New Mexico and the Southwest. To do
so, we will need additional financial aid. REP is a federally
certified 501 (c)(3) public foundation. Any gifts and donations
will be gratefully received and will be used to provide the
public with clean, renewable alternatives to petroleum transportation
fuels while creating local and regional employment opportunities
and safeguarding public health.