EPE offers incentives to residential customers in its New Mexico service territory that purchase and install high efficiency equipment for residential use. Eligible equipment includes air conditioners, heat pumps, evaporative cooling units, replacement windows, air infiltration equipment, insulation, new homes, duct efficiency, and solar screens. An incentive is also available for the proper recycling of working refrigerator units. Rebates are valid for new or existing residential dwellings.
The El Paso Electric (EPE) Commercial Efficiency Program pays incentives to commercial and industrial customers who install energy efficiency measures in facilities located within EPE's New Mexico service territory. Eligible equipment includes central air conditioners, chillers, heat pumps, variable frequency drives, window treatments, lighting equipment and custom measures. Large facilities may also develop and implement energy efficiency plans separate from these rebate offerings. Customers should contact the utility for details on this option.
The Efficient Use of Energy Act of 2005 allows public electric and natural gas utilities to implement cost-effective energy-reduction programs. The programs may be funded through a tariff rider for energy-efficiency and load management programs. The charges on the consumer cannot exceed the commission’s approved tariff for that customer’s bill or $75,000 per year. The Act also provides for monitoring, verification, and periodic reporting by the utility on its energy efficiency expenditures and overall program effectiveness.
The Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund provides low cost financial assistance to eligible public water systems to finance the cost of repair and replacement of drinking water infrastructure, maintain or achieve compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SWDA) requirements, and protect drinking water quality and public health.
Industries that wish to build or modify facilities that emit air pollutants (emissions) into the air must obtain an air quality permit prior to constructing. Thus, these permits are called construction permits.
The New Mexico Finance Authority has been approved to administer a $13.2 million Small Business Collateral Support Participation Program. The funds are dedicated to help finance credit worthy small businesses leverage private lending when they are unable to obtain the capital required to expand and create jobs.
Recognizing the profound implications that global warming and climate variation could have on the economy, environment and quality of life in the Southwest, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed Executive Order 05-033 on June 5th, 2005, establishing the New Mexico Climate Change Action Council and the New Mexico Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG).
Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative (CNMEC) provides an incentive for its residential members to purchase energy efficient water heaters, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers. The rebate applies to both new and replacement installations. The equipment must be installed in the CNMEC service area and in a home on a permanent foundation.
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] websites.''
In 2005 New Mexico adopted a policy to allow businesses to deduct the value of biomass equipment and biomass materials used for the processing of biopower, biofuels or biobased products in determining the amount of Compensating Tax due.