Net Metering (New Mexico)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place New Mexico
Name Net Metering
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
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
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

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jim Brack
Department New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Address 224 East Palace Ave.
Address 2 Marian Hall
Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code 87501
Phone (505) 827-6982


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: NMAC 17.9.570
Date Effective 2008-07-29
Date Enacted 2008-07-29

  • 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)"