Electric Grid Modernization Program
The goal of ECMD’s Grid Modernization Program is to support functional and operational upgrades to New Mexico’s electric grid in order to meet the state’s ambitious energy transition and emissions reductions goals. The program supports actions that improve upon the grid’s reliability, resilience, and efficiency, and encourages fair and equitable cost distribution to allow for the widest adoption of clean and beneficial electrification. We accomplish these goals by 1) convening stakeholders from industry, academia, national labs, consumer groups and others to implement grid modernization roadmap recommendations; 2) regularly compiling and providing data on grid modernization metrics and progress; 3) making informed legislative and policy recommendations; and 4) managing a grant program to support technology-focused pilot projects and other relevant research.
In 2020, the New Mexico Legislature passed HB 233 (Energy Grid Modernization Roadmap Act) tasking EMNRD with developing an electric grid modernization plan. In the fall of 2020, EMNRD convened the Grid Modernization Advisory Group (GMAG) to produce a series of action-oriented whitepapers to inform New Mexico’s Grid Modernization Roadmap. The Roadmap serves as a guide to electric service providers, regulators, policymakers, and consumers as New Mexico transitions to 100-percent zero-carbon electricity resources by mid-century in accordance with the Energy Transition Act of 2019.
In addition, EMNRD drafted a Baseline Report of New Mexico’s Electricity System to serve as a starting point for measuring progress. All documents can be found below.
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Grid Modernization Advisory Group Whitepapers: