NM Commission Unanimously Approves Amending Rule to Include Energy Storage

Sante Fe, NM - (August 8, 2017) – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) on Wednesday, August 2 – after listening to testimony gathered from public hearings held over the course of several weeks – voted unanimously to amend a Commission Rule that further moves New Mexico toward advanced technology regarding the storing of renewable energy.

In March, the Commission initiated an investigation to establish a rulemaking proceeding to amend the Commission Rule governing Integrated Resource Plans for Electric Utilities (IRP Rule).

The NMPRC adopted the IRP Rule in 2007 in order to implement the 2005 Efficient Use of Energy Act (EUEA).  The Commission’s IRP Rule states that investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities must engage in a resource planning process that evaluates all feasible “supply side” and “demand side” resources.

Energy storage was not available as a commercially feasible alternative to supply- and demand-side resources at the time the Commission’s IRP Rule was adopted.

A decade later, energy storage is being touted as a use of energy that is generated during low-cost, off-peak periods to serve load demands during peak, expensive, periods.  It is also been shown to improve the overall utilization and economics of the electric grid.  

“All of the participants in this rulemaking case, including our three investor-owned utilities, supported this amendment to the IRP rule, a consensus reflecting that energy storage should be considered as a resource in New Mexico’s utilities’ long-term planning,” Commission Vice Chair Cynthia Hall stated.  “Storage technologies provide the opportunity to lower electricity bills and more efficiently integrate renewable energy onto the grid.  New Mexicans will benefit from this forward-looking change, which I am happy to have helped bring about.”

The order amending the IRP Rule is effective immediately.

Media & Press Contact
Carlos A. Padilla
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
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Santa Fe, NM  87504

About the NMPRC

The NMPRC regulates public utilities, telecommunications companies and motor carriers operating in the State of New Mexico. It also administers the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy in Socorro, N.M., and the Pipeline Safety Bureau.

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