Net Metering (New Mexico)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Incentive Type||Net Metering|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Microturbines, Municipal Solid Waste, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Aggregate Capacity Limit||No limit specified|
|Applicable Utilities||Investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives|
|Meter Aggregation||Not addressed|
|Net Excess Generation||Credited to customer's next bill at avoided-cost rate or reconciled monthly at avoided-cost rate|
|REC Ownership||Utility owns RECs|
|System Capacity Limit||80 MW|
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-08-06|
Net metering is available to all "qualifying facilities" (QFs), as defined by the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA)*, which pertains to systems up to 80 megawatts (MW) in capacity. Previously, net metering in New Mexico was limited to systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity.
Net-metered customers are credited or paid for any monthly net excess generation (NEG) at the utility's avoided-cost rate. If a customer has net excess generation (NEG) less than $50 during a monthly billing period, the excess is carried over to the customer’s next monthly bill. If NEG exceeds $50 during a monthly billing period, the utility will pay the customer the following month for the excess. Customers do not own the renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with the generation of electricity by net-metered systems.
All utilities subject to PRC jurisdiction must offer net metering. (Municipal utilities, which are not regulated by the commission, are exempt.) Customers on a time-of-use tariff are permitted to net meter. There is no statewide cap on the aggregate capacity of net-metered systems.
The PRC adopted revised interconnection standards for customer-sited generators in July 2008; separate rules are in effect for systems less than or equal to 10 MW and systems larger than 10 MW. The PRC's interconnection rules also include a simplified interconnection process and application for systems less than or equal to 10 kW, and a fast-track process for systems less than or equal to 2 MW.
* In general, QFs under PURPA include renewable-energy systems and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
|Contact Name||Jim Brack|
|Department||New Mexico Public Regulation Commission|
|Address||224 East Palace Ave.|
|Address 2||Marian Hall|
|Place||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||NMAC 17.9.570|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.