The New Mexico state legislature addressed distributed generation through New Mexico’s Solar Rights and Solar Recordation Acts in 1977 (NMSA § 47-3-1 et seq.) it then strengthened the law in 2007 by reducing a county or municipality’s ability to place restrictions on solar access. (SB 1031) 
“In February 2008, Governor Richardson signed legislation that directs utilities to include load management and energy efficiency programs in their resource portfolio (HB 305). It also sets a minimum threshold for action:
- By 2014, save 5% of total 2005 retail kWh sales
- By 2020, save 10% of total 2005 retail kWh sales
The new law defines load management as demand response and it distinguishes in its provisions between load management and energy efficiency. Furthermore, the new law mandates public utilities to file every three years with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission a “comprehensive measurement, verification and program evaluation report” that evaluates energy and demand savings, cost-effectiveness of programs, and how well public utilities implement programs.” 
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission had reviewed distributed generation prior to 1994 and included net metering by 2009. They also had reviewed demand side management by 2008. Also Time of Use rates for residential customers where approved in 2008. [3, 4, 5, 6]
“In September 2006, the Commission opened a proceeding to consider whether to adopt PURPA Standard 14 (“Time-Based Metering and Communications”) as enacted in EPACT 2005. The Commission has held several workshops as part of the proceeding and asked New Mexico utilities to file white papers on AMI and time-based rates. The utilities filed these white papers in December 2006 and January 2007, and presented them in January 2007 at the Commission’s Advanced Metering Utility Workshop.” 
Distributed generators include qualifying cogeneration, small power production facilities, and net metering generators.
Demand side management consists of the Interruptible service and load controlled air conditioning and water heating. Interruptible service allows the company to shut a predetermined portion of the customer’s load off from electric service for either a reduced rate on all the customer’s electric service or a credit for the time service is shut off. Load controlled air conditioning and water heating gives the company control of when to de-energized up to a maximum of 300 hours per calendar year.
Time of Use rates break the cost for electricity into on-peak or off-peak energy pricing.
Utilities and Rate Schedules
El Paso Electric
- El Paso Electric Residential Rates
- El Paso Electric Business Rates
- PNM Rates
- Xcel Energy Rates
See the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) for information on consumer-owned Cooperatives: http://www.nreca.org/members/MemberDirectory/Pages/default.aspx
New Mexico has corporate and personal tax credits and exemptions for geothermal, solar, and wind. The state has bonds for CHP/ Cogeneration.
More information can be found in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=1&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=NM
State Energy Office:
- New Mexico Energy, Minerals and natural Resources Department Energy Conservation and Management Division
State Authority Dealing with Energy Regulation:
- New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
- Docket Search: http://www.nmprc.state.nm.us/results.html?q=Docket
New Mexico Statutes
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=1&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=NM
 Demand Response and Smart Metering Policy Actions Since the Energy Policy Act of 2005: A Summary for State Officials, Prepared by the U.S. Demand Response Coordinating Committee for The National Council on Electricity Policy, Fall 2008. URL: http://www.oe.energy.gov/DocumentsandMedia/NCEP_Demand_Response_1208.pdf
 Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, New Mexico Solar Access Laws, 02/18/2010. URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=NM02R&re=1&ee=1
 El Paso Electric Company, Your Home, Rate Tariffs. URL: http://www.epelectric.com/nm/residential/rate-tariffs-1
 El Paso Electric Company, Your Business, Commercial and Industrial Rate Tariffs. URL: http://www.epelectric.com/nm/business/rate-tariffs-1
 PNM, Electricity Rates. URL: http://www.pnm.com/regulatory/electricity_former_tnmp.htm
 Southwestern Public Service Company, Electric Rate Schedules. URL: http://www.xcelenergy.com/Save_Money_&_Energy/For_Your_Home/Rate_Options