Programs & Services

Grid Modernization

In 2020, the New Mexico Legislature passed HB 233 (Energy Grid Modernization Roadmap Act), a bill tasking EMNRD with developing an electric grid modernization plan.

The plan is to be a guide for 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.

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 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. Questions and comments related to the whitepapers can be directed to: emnrd.gridmodernization@state.nm.us

GMAG Whitepapers:

Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Advanced Inverters

Modifications to the Integrated Resource Plan

Customer Engagement

RTO Task Force

Distribution System Plan

Transmission Planning

Interconnection Manual

Rate Design

LMI Programs

Storage

Grid Modernization Roadmap

The Roadmap for Electric Grid Modernization in New Mexico, forthcoming in Summer 2021, draws on the expertise of over 40 electricity sector representatives, national lab scientists, academics, renewable energy experts, and environmental and consumer advocates with expertise in grid technologies, electricity business models and finance, and energy policy.

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. The Roadmap informs the Implementation Working Group and grant projects that will be funded under the Grid Modernization Grant Program.

Baseline Report