Powering Your Vision
New Mexico is often recognized for more affordable energy costs and for being a leader in renewable energy technology.
Utilities in New Mexico
The Public Service Company of New Mexico or “PNM” is New Mexico’s largest electric utility, serving more than 520,000 residential and business customers in the Albuquerque Metro area and many other communities across the state. PNM’s focus is on creating enduring value for customers, communities and shareholders.
The company is consistently ranked as one of the most reliable midsized energy providers in the country with a reliability record of more than 99.9925% over the past several years. PNM’s overall system reliability was ranked in the top quartile in Edison Electric Institute’s most recent Reliability Survey Report. And they were awarded the ReliabilityOne Award for outstanding Midsized Utility for the past two years.
PNM offers competitive rates and incentives to help existing customers and to attract new industry into the state. They offer some of the lowest industrial rates in the Southwest. PNM can offer a price around 5.7 cents per kWh (depending on the customer’s specific usage characteristics). The company offers economic development incentive rates to new and existing companies who choose to locate or expand within PNM’s service territory. In addition, PNM works with new and existing customers to determine the electric facilities, costs and credits associated with any facility upgrades and extensions required to serve them.
The Albuquerque metro area’s natural gas is provided by New Mexico Gas Company (NMGCO). Since New Mexico is the fourth largest gas producer in the United Sates and has the second largest reserves in the U.S., costs are among the lowest in the nation. NMGCO also offers large gas users the option of purchasing gas from a third party and transporting it over NMCGO lines.
Albuquerque benefits from the use of digital technology by a number of providers including Qwest, tw telecom and Verizon. There are POPs throughout the metro area, most notably in the North I-25 Corridor and Downtown. There is a sonnet ring around these areas.
Area telecommunications providers offer a variety of service plans. In addition, the area is home to providers who offer complex telecommunications systems for call center and back office operations. AED can schedule meetings with area telecommunications providers to discuss their capabilities and services in greater detail.
By enacting a number of major initiatives throughout the years, Albuquerque is in an enviable position.
Since 2008, monitoring wells throughout the city are demonstrating recovery of the aquifer by a range of 15 to 30 feet. Additionally, we’re pumping between 40,000 to 60,000 acre feet less today than we did 20 years ago, with per capita usage down from 250 gallons per day (gpd) to 125 gpd.
This short video from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) highlights elements of the extraordinary story of the aquifer rebound story in Albuquerque.
ABCWUA’s 100 Year Plan: Entitled WATER 2120: Securing Our Water Future, the plan and its attendant policies focus on optimizing the use of existing water supplies rather than seeking new sources. A PowerPoint presentation about the plan can be found here, and you can click here to download a one-page summary sheet. For the complete strategy document, attendant legislation and board presentation, please click here.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) is responsible for maintaining Albuquerque’s wastewater collection system and wastewater reclamation plant. The Wastewater Division serves all the Albuquerque area homes, businesses and institutions that are connected to the sewer system. The division serves an area that includes virtually all homes, schools, and businesses within the Albuquerque city limits, as well as the Village of Tijeras, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia Heights, and other residential areas in Bernalillo County
Wastewater in the service area flows through the system of sewer pipelines that the Water Reclamation Division builds and maintains. The sewers carry it to the Southside Water Reclamation Plant (SWRP). SWRP receives and reclaims about 60 million gallons of wastewater daily. Residential customers produce about 80 percent of this wastewater. The SWRP recycles about 200 million gallons of water each year, which is used for cleaning and irrigation.