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CABQ Gets Smarter with Unveiling of the BRAIN

First-in-nation tool aides with City's fight against climate change.

ALBUQUERQUE – On August 30, 2022, City and State leaders unveiled the Balanced Resource Acquisition and Information Network (B.R.A.I.N.), the City’s newest resource in the fight against climate change. The B.R.A.I.N. allows the City to monitor utility use across all facilities in real time.

“Reaching 88% energy from renewable sources was a great achievement earlier this year,” said Saif Ismail, Division Manager for the City’s Energy & Sustainability Division. “The B.R.A.I.N. is our newest tool, and should be a great help to us in reaching 100% energy from renewable resources in the coming years.”

The B.R.A.I.N. is a first-in-the-nation tool that will allow the City to identify and address critical issues in regards to energy and water use in real time. In addition, it will also allow the City to identify and address facilities that use more resources than others.

“Together, we are building a sustainable city and taking the next big step towards 100% renewable energy use. The B.R.A.I.N. is about being responsive to taxpayers today and to our planet for future generations," said Mayor Tim Keller. "By pioneering this tool in Albuquerque, we hope that other cities will adopt the technology and reduce energy and water waste across the US."

The B.R.A.I.N. has been in development for roughly 12 months, and was built in collaboration with the State of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department.