New Mexico

Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

Updated: October 2014

OVERVIEW

New Mexico has seen a population growth rate of 0.78% per year on average from 2008 to 2012, while the consumption of electricity has increased an average of 0.83% per year over the same period. In 2012 energy expenditures per capita was $4,285, which ranked New Mexico 26th among all U.S. states.

Summer peak demand in New Mexico reached its high point in 2010, at 3,273 MW.  In 2011 and 2012, summer peak demand has held steady at about 3,240 MW each year.

The state is served by three investor-owned electric utilities: Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), El Paso Electric (EPE) and Xcel Energy. PNM, based in Albuquerque, is the state's largest electricity provider with about 500,000 customers in 100 communities statewide. EPE covers southern New Mexico along with territory in west Texas, serving about 93,000 customers in New Mexico. Xcel Energy serves a total 3.3 million customers in eight Midwestern and Western states, including about 115,000 under its Southwestern Public Service subsidiary in New Mexico. Twenty-one rural electric cooperatives handle the remaining customers in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Gas Company (purchased from PNM in early 2009) is the state's largest natural gas provider with 490,000 customers. Three other natural gas utilities serve the remaining customers. They include Capitan-Carrizozo Natural Gas Association, Raton Natural Gas Company, and Zia Natural Gas Company.

Below is an update on the energy efficiency programs in New Mexico:

Electricity Demand-Side Management

Natural Gas Demand-Side Management


ELECTRICITY DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT

PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF NEW MEXICO (PNM)

Below is a list of energy efficiency programs offered by PNM for their residential and business customers:

  • Residential Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs
    PNM offers a full portfolio of residential energy efficiency programs including refrigerator and freezer recycling, high efficiency lighting rebates, evaporative cooling rebates, and rebates for residential new construction. 
  • Business Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs
    PNM offers its business customers rebates for a wide range of energy efficiency measures including  energy-inefficient lamps and lighting fixtures, HVAC equipment, refrigeration products, and motors. Energy efficiency measures not eligible for prescriptive incentives receive a rebate based on the level of energy savings. The program includes a direct installation component for small businesses with a peak demand of 100 kW or less.  
  • PNM Power Saver Program
    PNM partners with its small business customers in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas to manage their energy use during peak demand days. A Power Saver device cycles the AC unit on and off during periods of high power demand in the summer. Customers receive an incentive payment from PNM for agreeing to participate.
  • PNM Peak Saver Program
    This program is designed to help PNM's larger commercial and industrial customers reduce the amount of energy they use during peak demand days, typically the hottest days of the year. The program is administered by EnerNOC, an authorized third party contractor.
  • Large Customer Self-Direction 
    Large commercial or industrial facilities can receive credits against their utility bill for implementing energy efficiency projects without any technical or financial assistance from the utility

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EL PASO ELECTRIC (EPE)

Below is a list of energy efficiency programs offered by EPE for their residential and business customers. For more information, visit EPE Saver

  • Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
    EPE offers its residential customers a comprehensive energy efficiency program designed to improve comfort and save energy. The program includes rebates for high-efficiency air conditioning and evaporative coolers, insulation, ENERGY STAR windows, solar screens, air infiltration reduction, and duct sealing or replacement.  Additionally, EPE offers rebates for refrigerator and freezer recycling, and sponsors an Energy Star® New Homes program, which provides incentives to builders who construct homes that meet or exceed the Energy Star® standard.
  • Commercial Efficiency Programs
    EPE offers prescriptive incentives for installing high efficiency lighting, motors, cooling equipment, vending machines, window film or solar screens, or Cool Roof materials or coatings.  It also sponsors a custom incentives program for specialized projects and large customer self-direction program that offers bill credits for efficiency projects implemented without technical or financial assistance from the utility

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XCEL ENERGY

Below is a list of energy efficiency programs offered by Xcel for their residential and business customers in New Mexico.

  • Residential Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs
    Xcel offers New Mexico residential customers rebates on high efficiency lighting, rebates for installing insulation, implementing air infiltration reduction, duct leakage repair, and installing high efficiency air conditioners and evaporative coolers.  Xcel also offers rebates for refrigerator and freezer recycling.
  • Business Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs
    Xcel offers business customers rebates for installing high efficiency lighting, motors, and cooling equipment. In addition, Xcel offers a custom incentives program for specialized projects and large customer self-direction program that offers bill credits for efficiency projects implemented without technical or financial assistance from the utility.

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NEW MEXICO RURAL COOPERATIVES

Some cooperatives are offering a few programs on energy efficiency products and services along with online educational information.

  • Lea County Rural Electric Cooperative
    Members are eligible for a home energy audit which provides advice on energy conservation measures and improving the overall thermal integrity of your home. This service includes a visual inspection of the thermal qualities of the home including the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Members can finance their energy efficient improvements with an Energy Resource Conservation and Weatherization loan through the cooperative.
  • Navopache Electric Cooperative
    This cooperative offers Time-of-Use Rates to members with high usage and those willing to change their lifestyle by using much of their electricity during off-peak times. Members receive a discounted rate during off-peak hours to encourage them to use their electricity then. A service charge is applied.  Navopache also offers rebates for renewable energy installations.
  • Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative (NORA)
    The NORA Co-op offers Time-of-Use Rates for members willing to use much of their electricity during off-peak hours. It provides a free energy use analysis of customers' home or business, and offers financing options for customers to purchase ETS heaters and energy efficient appliances.
  • Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative
    Members are able to finance energy efficiency improvements with an Energy Resource Conservation (ERC) loan through the cooperative. The loan can be used for electric or dual fuel heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and storm windows and doors.  The cooperative offers energy audits through Energy Pioneer. 
  • Socorro Electric Cooperative (SEC)
    SEC offers Time-of-Use Rates for its members willing to use much of their electricity during off-peak hours. Loans are also available for weatherization. Rebates and loans are available for Energy Star® appliances.

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NATURAL GAS DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT

NEW MEXICO GAS COMPANY (NMGC)

  • Residential Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs
    Customers receive rebates if they install insulation, purchase an Energy Star® tanked or tankless water heater, or a high efficiency furnace.  In-store discounts are provided on low-flow showerheads.  Builders are eligible for a rebate if they construct an Energy Star® new home.
  • Business Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs
    NMGC business customers can receive rebates for a variety of energy efficiency measures including high efficiency water heaters, Energy Star® convection ovens, fryers, dishwashers, and griddles

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