Interconnection Standards (New Mexico)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place New Mexico

Name Interconnection Standards
Incentive Type Interconnection
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Fuel Cells, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Microturbines, Municipal Solid Waste, Other Distributed Generation Technologies, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Applicable Utilities Investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives











External Disconnect Switch Not required for inverter-based systems up to 10 kW; utility's discretion for all other systems


Insurance Requirements Generally not required for systems up to 250 kW. Utilities may require insurance for systems > 250 kW, with limits set by PRC.



Net Metering Required No








Standard Agreement Yes

System Capacity Limit 80 MW (under development); 100 kW (simplified rules)














Date added to DSIRE 2003-06-18
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-06



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Interconnection in New Mexico is governed by New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) Rule 568 and Rule 569. These rules, adopted in July 2008, revised and clarified the state's existing rules. Rule 569 applies to all qualifying facilities (QFs) under PURPA, which generally includes all renewable-energy systems and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems up to 80 megawatts (MW) in capacity.

Rule 568 applies to renewable-energy systems and CHP systems up to 10 MW in capacity. The purpose of Rule 568 is to simplify the interconnection requirements for QFs up to 10 MW and to encourage the use of small-scale, customer-owned renewables or alternative energy resources. All utilities subject to PRC jurisdiction must offer net metering and must comply with these standards. (Municipal utilities, which are not regulated by the commission, are exempt.)

Interconnection applications will generally follow this review path:

   * Systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity are eligible for the "Simplified Interconnection Process," which includes simplified applications.
   * Systems greater than 10 kW and up to 2 MW are eligible for the "Fast Track Process," which might include supplemental review.
   * Systems greater than 2 MW and up to 10 MW must follow the "Full Interconnection Study Process."
   * Systems greater than 10 MW must follow the "Case Specific Study Process."

All systems must comply with all relevant local and national standards (including the NEC, IEEE and UL standards), and must meet any additional requirements approved by the PRC. A redundant external disconnect device is required for all interconnected systems. For systems greater than 10 kW, the disconnect switch must be visibly marked and accessible to and lockable by the utility.

The PRC may require the owner of a generating facility with a rated capacity of up to 250 kW to obtain general liability insurance prior to connecting with a utility if the utility provides a sufficient reason for doing so. A utility may directly and independently require owners of systems greater than 250 kW to provide proof of insurance, with reasonable limits not to exceed $1 million, or other reasonable evidence of financial responsibility. A mutual indemnification agreement between the customer and the utility is required.

Interconnected customers must pay an application fee that varies according to the size of the system. Systems up to 10 kW must pay $50; systems greater than 10 kW and up to 100 kW must pay $100; and systems greater 100 kW must pay $100 plus $1 per kW. In addition to these fees, a small utility with fewer than 50,000 customers may charge reasonable consulting fees for systems greater than 10 kW.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jim Brack
Department New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

Address 224 East Palace Ave.
Address 2 Marian Hall
Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code 87501
Phone (505) 827-6982


Email jim.brack@state.nm.us
Website http://www.nmprc.state.nm.us/
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: NMAC 17.9.568
Date Effective 2008-07-29
Date Enacted 2008-07-29


Authority 2: NMAC 17.9.569
Date Effective 2008-07-29
Date Enacted 2008-07-29


Authority 3: The New Mexico Interconnection Manual
Date Effective 2008-07-29

















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"