ESA Comments on NM PRC IRP NOPR

Posted: April 26, 2017 - 11:59 / New Mexico / ESA Filings
ESA appreciates the opportunity to provide the attached comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) as requested by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (“Commission”) in Case No. 17-00022-UT, issued on February 8, 2017.  
 
Since its inception 27 years ago, ESA has promoted the development and
commercialization of safe, competitive, and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. ESA’s nearly 200 members comprise a diverse group of electric sector stakeholders, including electric utilities, energy service companies, independent power producers, technology developers—of advanced batteries, flywheels, thermal energy storage, compressed air energy storage, supercapacitors, and other technologies—component suppliers, and system integrators.
 
ESA strongly supports the Commission’s NOPR and expects that its implementation will both ensure prudency of costs to New Mexico ratepayers and increase the feasible resource portfolio options of New Mexico utilities while maintaining system reliability. Inclusion of energy storage in utility integrated resource plan (“IRP”) requirements will ensure that utilities consider the widest set of viable options to compare and select resource portfolios. Absent this consideration, the Commission cannot be certain that planned portfolios represent truly least-cost solutions. The proposed modifications to Integrated Resource Planning Rules 17.7.3 NMAC are simple and easy for all stakeholders to understand, and ESA supports them.
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