System Benefits Charge (New Mexico)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place New Mexico

Name System Benefits Charge
Incentive Type Public Benefits Fund
Applicable Sector General Public/Consumer
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Renewable Transportation Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Charge 0.03¢/kWh

Total Fund 4 million for renewables
Types renewables, low income, consumer education


Last DSIRE Review 2003-04-30

References DSIRE[1]


As part of New Mexico’s "Electric Utility Industry Restructuring Act of 1999" the legislature created the Electric Industry System Benefits Fund for renewable energy, customer education, and low-income assistance. The fund is created through a charge of 0.03¢/kWh beginning January 1, 2002 and doubling in 2007. The charge is collected from all electric utilities, both private and public. The funds will support renewable energy up to $4 million to be used by school districts, cities, towns, villages, or counties. Renewable technologies to be supported include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, and hydropower.

Consumer education will be funded at $500,000 and overseen by the Public Regulation Commission. Low-income energy assistance will be funded at $500,000 and provision of electricity to remote communities not connected to the grid will be funded at up to $4,000,000. These funds will be used to develop electric service through the initiation and implementation of new projects, including those using renewable energy, to provide or extend electric service in low-income communities.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Melinda Hall
Department New Mexico Environment Department

Address 1190 St. Francis Drive
Address 2 Harold Runnels Building
Place Sante Fe, New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code 87503
Phone (505) 827-1732


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


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