NEW MEXICO – PRC Finalizes Interconnection Rules

On July 29, 2008, the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission issued an order (Case 07-00422-UT) which finalizes the state’s interconnection rules for small distributed generation. The order includes separate rules for generators sized 10 MW or less (see Exhibit 1-A at back of order) and generators sized above 10 MW (see Exhibit 1-B at back of order).

Key points: Order is effective immediately; four different application processes depending on size of generator, with simplified and fast track application processes for generators of 2 MW or less; an external disconnect switch is required; and, the utility may require liability insurance for systems sized greater than 250 kW, but must petition the PRC to impose insurance requirements upon owners with systems sized 250 kW or less.


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