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New Mexico State Energy Security Plan

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) is responsible for maintaining and updating the New Mexico State Energy Security Plan (SESP). SESPs are the primary tools used by states to assure a state’s energy security across unregulated and regulated electricity, natural gas, and petroleum supplies, as well as mission critical end-use facilities such as water treatment, health care, and first responder organizations.

     2022 New Mexico State Energy Security Plan  (Downloadable PDF)

ECMD is currently making another update of the New Mexico SESP. The work completed during this update will establish a deeper understanding of the State of New Mexico’s energy system component locations, capabilities, and threats. The update will include a risk assessment and dependencies analysis, and location-specific mitigation strategies, and will provide the data and information to support related government emergency management and energy planning priorities.

The next iteration of the SESP will be finalized by September 2023, in accordance with the provisions added by the 2021 federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Per these provisions, the New Mexico SESP will:

  • address all energy sources and regulated and unregulated energy providers;
  • provide a state energy profile, including an assessment of energy production, transmission, distribution, and end-use;
  • address potential hazards to each energy sector or system, including physical threats and vulnerabilities and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities;
  • provide a risk assessment of energy infrastructure and cross-sector interdependencies;
  • provide a risk mitigation approach to enhance reliability and end-use resilience;
  • address multi-state and regional coordination, planning, and response, and coordination with Indian Tribes (23 New Mexico Tribal Nations) with respect to planning and response; and
  • to the extent practicable, encourage mutual assistance in cyber and physical response plans.

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is crucial to a complete and accurate State Energy Security Plan. ECMD, in concert with our partners at Hagerty Consulting, Inc., will engage stakeholders in three phases.

Phase I: State Energy Security Assessment (November 2022 – February 2023)
Phase II: SESP Development (February – June 2023)
Phase III: SESP Stakeholder Presentations (June 2023)

Key Dates:

November 16, 2022:  Stakeholder Kick-off Meeting

Kick-off Meeting Presentation (Downloadable PDF)

Project Roadmap (Downloadable PDF)

November 16 – 30, 2022:  Request for Stakeholder Documents

February 20, 21, 22, 2023:  Energy Security Validation Workshops

April 4, 18, 2023:  Emergency Response Working Group Meetings

April 6, 20, 2023:  Resilience and Mitigation Working Group Meetings

June 26, 27, 2023:  SESP Stakeholder Presentations

Planning Exercises

As part of the update process, ECMD will test the robustness of the SESP with real-time exercises. Scenario exercises help responsible entities develop relationships necessary for the management of an energy emergency – relationships which can be relied upon if a real emergency were to arise.

The first core communications team exercise will be held on Tuesday November 29, 2022, in partnership with New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The first regional exercise is tentatively projected for March 2023. ECMD aims to host or participate in additional exercises over the next five years.