Renewable Energy Act
Article 16 :: Section 2
62-16-2. Findings and purposes.
A. The legislature finds that:
(1) the generation of electricity through the use of renewable energy presents opportunities to promote energy self-sufficiency, preserve the state's natural resources and pursue an improved environment in New Mexico;
(2) the use of renewable energy by public utilities subject to commission oversight in accordance with the Renewable Energy Act can bring significant economic benefits to New Mexico;
(3) public utilities should be required to include prescribed amounts of renewable energy in their electric energy supply portfolios for sales to retail customers in New Mexico by prescribed dates;
(4) public utilities should be able to recover their reasonable costs incurred to procure or generate energy from renewable energy resources used to meet the requirements of the Renewable Energy Act;
(5) a public utility should have incentives to go beyond the minimum requirements of the renewable portfolio standard;
(6) public utilities should not be required to acquire energy generated from renewable energy resources that could result in costs above a reasonable cost threshold; and
(7) it may serve the public interest for public utilities to participate in national or regional renewable energy trading.
B. The purposes of the Renewable Energy Act are to:
(1) prescribe the amounts of renewable energy resources that public utilities shall include in their electric energy supply portfolios for sales to retail customers in New Mexico by prescribed dates;
(2) allow public utilities to recover costs through the rate-making process incurred for procuring or generating renewable energy used to comply with the prescribed amount; and
(3) protect public utilities and their ratepayers from renewable energy costs that are above a reasonable cost threshold.
History: Laws 2004, ch. 65, § 2; 2007, ch. 4, § 6.