New Mexico

State Profile
Utility Revenue (Millions) $380.3
Consumption (Billion Cubic Feet or BCF)

Consumption by Sector In-State

Customers 644,079
Industry Infrastructure
Utility Gas Efficiency Program Funding $5,000.0


AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.

Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2022
Michelle Lujan Grisham (Dem.) Governor
Howie Morales (Dem.) Lieutenant Governor
Hector Balderas (Dem.) Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2020
Session Dates: 01/21/20-02/20/20
Term: 4 year
President Pro Tempore: Mary Kay Papen
Senate Majority Leader: Peter Wirth
Senate Minority Leader: Stuart Ingle
Senate Member Breakdown
Democrats: 26
Republicans: 16
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Brian Egolf
Majority Leader: Sheryl Williams Stapleton
Minority Leader: James Townsend
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Democrats: 45
Republicans: 24
Vacancies: 1
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Commissioners: Elected in statewide elections: 4 year termChairperson: Elected by fellow Commissioners: 1 year term
Current Commissioners:
Theresa Becenti-Auguilar, Chair Elected in 2019; term ends in 2023
Valerie Espinoza, Vice Chair Elected in 2013; term ends in 2021
Jefferson Byrd, Commissioner Elected in 2019; current term ends in 2023
Stephen Fischmann, Commissioner Elected in 2019; term ends in 2023
Cynthia Hall, Commissioner Elected in 2016; term ends in 2020

New Mexico’s plan is effectively a list of programs that forms the core of the state’s Clean Energy Plan. They include the following: Utility based Energy Efficiency and Integrated Resource Planning Programs; Energy Efficiency Revenue Bonds for State Buildings. On September 14, 2015, Governor Susana Martinez released a comprehensive energy plan for New Mexico. Among the key objectives and recommendations of this plan: Objective: Stimulate energy investment in New Mexico through utilization of abundant natural gas o “New Mexico has an abundance of natural gas and new market applications are needed to stimulate demand. Increasing the industrial and manufacturing applications for natural gas and natural gas vehicles are promising options to enhance natural gas demand within the state” o Recommendations in this area include: Identifying and attracting petrochemical and manufacturing companies that utilize natural gas as a feed stock, Involving state universities and labs in economic research and modeling to assist industry in petrochemical projects, Ensuring that facts and science as well as economic studying natural gas vehicle incentives that are competitive with other states and encouraging the development of additional natural gas fueling stations • Objective: Establish the foundation of new and improved energy infrastructure o “A deficiency of energy infrastructure limits New Mexico’s economic development potential.” • Objective: Improve workforce training in the energy sector

In 2005, New Mexico enacted the Efficient Use of Energy Act, which directed utilities to develop and implement cost-effective demand-side management (DSM) programs, established cost recovery mechanisms for both electric and natural gas utilities, and directed the Commission to remove financial disincentives for utilities to reduce customer energy use through DSM programs. In 2008, New Mexico enacted House Bill 305, which directs electric and natural gas utilities to acquire all cost-effective and achievable energy efficiency resources. In 2013, House Bill 267 was enacted. This bill amended the Efficient Use of Energy Act, by capping DSM program budgets at 3% of sales for natural gas revenue.

On August 17, 2015, New Mexico Gas Company filed to revise its Line Extension Policy. The revised program creates a new Advantage Program which provides an advance to potential customers to apply towards the cost of line extensions and/or new service lines. The Advantage Program is available in any amount between $100 and $5,000. Customers can repay any advances on their monthly bill over a period not to exceed 120 months. Customers must repay at least $20 per month. Liability for repayment shall remain with the premise. The program became effective by operation of law on September 16, 2015. On June 22, 2016, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) voted to adopt a settlement approving Emera's proposed acquisition of TECO Energy. TECO is the parent of New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC). Included in the approved settlement was a provision stating that NMGC would pursue several shareholder-funded economic development activities in New Mexico, including a $5 million pipeline enlargement project to export gas to Mexico, a matched $10 million, five-year fund aimed at extending gas infrastructure to unserved and underserved communities, and a $5 million contribution to be made within five years of the close of the deal to be allocated to general projects.

In February of 2013, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission opened a docket to consider New Mexico Gas Co.'s line extension policies and their effects on businesses considering converting petroleum-powered vehicles to NGVs. This issue was revisited at the Commission’s July 3, 2013 meeting, where Commissioner Patrick Lyons stated that the Commission should do what it can to facilitate the transition to natural gas fuel.