Chavez joins DPU as conservation coordinator

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By Kirsten Laskey

The location may be different but the gig’s essentially the same for Christine Chavez, the new Department of Public Utilities’ energy and water conservation coordinator.
Chavez held similar positions at the Las Cruces’ utilities department for 20 years and the State Office of Engineers for 16 years.
“Christine had gone through the same challenges and obstacles in Las Cruces that we at the Department of Public Utilities have been going through and we knew she could take us to where we need to go,” said Julie Williams-Hill, DPU public relations manager.
Chavez started working at the DPU last Monday. She said that she had been looking for an opportunity to move back home, having grown up in Santa Fe.
Chavez replaces Matt Dickens, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.
In her capacity as the DPU’s conservation coordinator, Chavez will work with the business community as well as the public at large concerning water and energy conservation issues.
Also, the DPU is required to maintain a conservation plan, which the department adopted last month. It’s important to include customers’ energy and water conservation goals and needs in the plan, Williams-Hill said.

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