Grid Modernization Grant Program
Electric Grid Modernization Projects
Section 71-11-2 of NMSA 1978 established the Grid Modernization Grant Fund to support pilot projects that advance research and understanding of distribution grid technologies and other modern grid upgrades. The statute also directed EMNRD to develop a corresponding grant program to administer monies from this Fund. At this time, EMNRD has not received monies specifically earmarked for this Fund. However, ECMD has been able to leverage grid modernization program funding as well as federal funds to begin supporting grid modernization projects throughout the state.
Grid modernization projects are those that make improvements to electric distribution or transmission infrastructure to accommodate or facilitate the integration of renewable electric generation resources with the electric distribution grid or otherwise enhance electric distribution or transmission grid reliability, grid security, demand response capability, customer service or energy efficiency or conservation.
Eligible Applicants include municipalities and county governments; state agencies; state universities; public schools; post-secondary education institutions; and Indian nations, tribes and pueblos. All projects must take place within the State of New Mexico.