Renewable Energy Storage

ECMD Contact:
Jeremy Lewis

(505) 476-3319




May 7, 2019 - NM Renewable Energy Storage Working Group meeting materials:
Energy Storage Market Update - John Fernandes, Customized Energy Solutions

Update and Discussion on 2019 Clean Energy Legislation

On March 6th, the 2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum convened in Albuquerque. These sessions provided an open forum for discussion of the current state of energy storage systems and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliability. Presentaion slides from the Forum are available here.

The first New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Working Group meeting of 2019 was held on January 9th. We explored technology, case studies and policies through an Energy Storage 101 training. The four-hour session featured topical experts from Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories with engaged participation from a broad range of energy stakeholders including elected officials, educators, students, utilities and coops, regulators, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizens. Slides from the training are available here.

  1. Storage Technologies, Terms, and Fundamentals
  2. Storage Demonstrations and Case Studies
  3. Storage Valuation, Applications, and Resilience
  4. Legislative and Regulatory Models for Storage

Thank you to the experts at Sandia and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories who led the training.
• Dan Borneo, Ray Byrne – Sandia National Laboratories
• Jeremy Twitchell – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


The September 2018 edition of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's empirical trends report on
Utility-Scale Solar shows the proliferation of solar plus storage:

The table above is available on page 38 of the complete report. Download the report, presentation and data file here.


At the April 26, 2018 meeting of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Working Group we learned about Kit Carson Electric Cooperative’s approach to solar and energy storage. Also, we worked on the New Mexico Energy Roadmap strategy calling for an expansion of energy storage capacity. Notes from the meeting are available here.

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative - Luis Reyes, CEO

  • Progress, planning and perspective on energy storage

New Mexico Energy Roadmap - Jeremy Lewis & Daren Zigich, New Mexico Energy Conservation & Management

  • Goal 4: Pursue emerging energy technologies through research, demonstration, development and deployment
  • Strategy 4.a. Expand energy storage capacity with examples to include solar-plus storage (to-support micro-grids), thermal storage and pumped hydro-electric.
  • The NM Energy Roadmap is available at

"State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2017 Year in Review"
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The U.S. energy storage market experienced substantial growth in 2017. In this webinar, guest speakers from GTM Research shared insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook. Link to Webinar is here.


  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research, U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Dan Finn-Foley, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance (Moderator)

This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Learn more at


"2016 Southwestern Public Utilities Commission Energy Storage Workshop"
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
UNM, Albuquerque

The United States Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability and Sandia National Laboratories hosted a one-day Energy Storage Workshop for Southwest Utility Regulatory Commissioners. Presentation slides are available here.


"Residential Energy Storage"
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
UNM, Albuquerque

Presentation Slides:
      Solar City
      Green Mountain Power

Exploring the rise, regulation, and implementation of residential energy storage in New Mexico, presenters and participants shared and discussed perspectives from customer installations, utility implementation and system providers.


"Belen Energy Center"
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Wendell Chino Building, Porter Hall, Santa Fe

Presentation Slides:
      Belen Energy Center
      Eaton Design Build Services
      UET UniEnergy Technologies

During this 12th gathering of the Renewable Energy Storage Working Group we learned about a large-scale solar with storage project proposed in Valencia County. The developer and their technical team introduced the project proposal including technology, development timeline, location, equipment and grid interconnection.

MaxxSolar-USA announced their proposal to construct the "Belen Energy Center" the world’s largest "Flex Capacity" all Renewable Power Plant in New Mexico.  The "Flex Capacity" Power Plant is a combination of highly efficient solar panels, mounted on gearless dual axis solar trackers combined with a vanadium redox flow energy storage system (ESS). The project consist of 100MW ac solar and 50 MW/200MWH ac ESS Storage, totaling 150MW ac.  The Belen Energy Center would be a Green Energy, Flexible Capacity Power Plant that will comply with the State mandated Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and EPA federal emissions requirements, while providing replacement capacity and system reliability to the electric grid. Funding for this project has been secured from the development team's internal sources.


2015 Energy Policy & Implementation Plan: Clean Energy Items
September 29, 2015

Secretary David Martin presented the clean energy items from the recently released New Mexico Energy Policy.


Renewable Energy Storage Working Group, 10th Meeting
"Energy Storage Values to Our Electric System"

July 28, 2015

AES Energy Storage's Kiran Kumaraswamy provided the following presentation: Utility-Scale Energy Storage: Proven and Cost-Effective for Meeting Capacity Needs. Key takeaways from his presentation include:

  • Energy storage is cost-effective and valuable in meeting grid challenges across generation, transmission, and distribution.
  • Energy storage is commercially available now.
  • Energy storage fits in many regulatory structures.
  • Energy storage is a smart choice to meet grid needs.
    • Provides peak power generation
    • Improves utilization of existing assets
    • Reduces system-wide emissions
    • Supports integration of renewables
    • Increases reliability and resiliency of the grid

Governor Susana Martinez and Cabinet Secretary David Martin are developing a State Energy Policy and Implementation Plan. The primary purpose of this plan is to harness New Mexico's abundant resources in a way that grows the state's economy. Additional information on the planning process and New Mexico's energy background is available here. The Plan is expected to be released in 2015.

New Mexico's three investor-owned utilities provided information on how energy storage is considered in their Integrated Resource Planning processes: PNM, EPE, and SPS.

The concept of a nation energy storage standard was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. Senate Bill 1434 aims to set national targets for energy storage to meet the growing demand on the electric grid and encourage the integration of solar and wind energy. Status updates and additional information on this bill are available here.

States are making important progress in deploying clean, resilient power technologies that can keep the
power on at critical facilities during grid outages caused by extreme weather events. What States Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning, profiles leading state programs and makes recommendations for what other states can do to support the deployment of clean, resilient power systems. New resilient power technologies such as solar PV combined with energy storage can provide electricity during outages as well as valuable grid services year-round. This guidebook is intended to help states establish new policies and support new markets to advance clean resilient power.


“Risk Reduction, Market Conditions, and Partnerships"

During the November 11th, 2014 meeting of the NM Renewable Energy Storage Working Group Jeremy Turner shared partnership benefits available to developers of energy storage projects with the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. Abbas Akhil presented the capabilities of energy storage to reduce a variety of risks associated with our electric system.  John Fernandes spoke to the successes of RES Americas, highlighted a few projects, and identified market elements ideal for successful energy storage business growth. Together the working group discussed market factors for energy storage in New Mexico.

Presentation Slides:

Abbas Akhil, Principal, Renewable Energy Ventures, LLC

Jeremy Turner, Director, NM Renewable Energy Transmission Authority

John Fernandes, Policy & Market Development Manager, RES Americas


 “State of the Art: Batteries & Micro-Grids”

A presentation by Abbas Akhil, Renewable Energy Ventures, on September 27, 2014

These slides were presented as part of a workshop during the 2014 Solar Fiesta in Albuquerque. For more than a decade the New Mexico Solar Energy Association has produced Solar Fiestas.  These specialty trade shows bring thousands of homeowners together with solar and sustainability experts in a setting that is fun and educational.


DOE Global Energy Storage Database                  September 19, 2014

The DOE Global Energy Storage Database helps grow energy storage industry by providing online data allowing analysis by a variety of users.  Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories, provides an update on her work with this growing database. The presentation slides are here. A link to the database is here.


“Air, Water, Salt: Mega Storage of Renewables”
August 27, 2014

Utility-scale renewable energy projects are sprouting throughout the Southwest.  Along with some of them are ways to store power so it can be used when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.  This joint meeting of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Storage Working Groups explores advances in three storage technologies– compressed air, molten salt, and pumped hydro – and discusses the implications of dispatching renewably generated power day or night.

Presentation slides:

Abengoa Solar  - Solar Thermal Electric Technology with Thermal Energy Storage

Chamisa Energy (LLC) - Compressed Air Energy Storage

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Modular Pumped Hydro for Grid Energy Storage


Presentation slides for Renewable Energy Storage Working Group meeting on May 29, 2014:

RedFlow (LLC) Advanced Energy Storage - Energy Technology Innovation & Business


Presentation slides for Renewable Energy Storage Working Group meeting on March 12, 2014:

Energy Storage Association - ESA State Regulatory Prospects

New Mexico Economic Development Department - Importance of Tax Incentives

Clean Energy States Alliance - State Programs and the Energy Storage Advancement Technology Partnership

Sandia National Laboratories - Electrical Energy Storage Projects, Applications & Research Challenges for Grid Support

PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project - Jon Hawkins, Manager of Advanced Energy Technology and Strategy with Public Service Company of New Mexico provided this 20-slide project update to members of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force on September 19, 2013. A tour of the project followed.
Federal and State Energy Storage Policies and Efforts - Dhruv Bhatnagar, Technology and Policy Analyst with Sandia National Laboratories, has summarized federal, state and regional energy storage efforts in this 22-slide presentation. He presented this information to the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force on September 19, 2013.

Electricity Storage Basics - These slides provide an overview of energy storage including a definition, review of technologies, benefits, and regulatory issues. Presented by Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories to the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force on August 22, 2013 (53 slides from presentation with 37 additional slides).

Electricity Storage Handbook - A 340 page how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement energy storage projects. The handbook was released in July 2013 by the US Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute in collaboration with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
The Renewable Energy Statute NMSA 62.16 and the Rule, NMAC 19.9.572 that guide decisions pertaining to renewable energy in New Mexico.  These are very relevant to the objectives of the Renewable Energy Storage Task Force.

The Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) is leading a collective approach to leverage and capture a portion of emerging energy storage markets for New Mexico. We have an opportunity to capitalize on New Mexico’s unparalleled combination of renewable energy resources, research institutions, national laboratories and expertise with technology innovation.

During New Mexico’s 2013 Legislative Session, House Joint Memorial 10 and Senate Joint Memorial 43 were passed. These memorials task the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department with identifying legislative and regulatory initiatives for development of renewable energy storage. During the summer and fall of 2013, ECMD convened a task force of representatives from state agencies, national laboratories, universities, electric utilities and cooperatives, private and non-profit sectors. By the middle of November a written report was developed for presentation to the Legislature’s Interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee.

The report captures research and ideas raised by the Renewable Energy Storage Task Force whose members represent diverse interests from energy related organizations in New Mexico. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has compiled the following list of recommendations, generated by this Task Force, to encourage Renewable Energy Storage in New Mexico:

  • Create an energy storage advisory council to guide state government on renewable energy storage development and deployment in New Mexico.
  • Coordinate with other Western states to collectively identify opportunities for regional renewable energy storage.
  • Evaluate existing incentives for business development and modify them as needed to encourage design and manufacture of energy storage software and controls.
  • Continue research and development activities in partnership with New Mexico’s national laboratories, universities and utilities.
  • Support a large-scale energy storage demonstration project.
  • Consider examining time-of-use rate expansion and how it would impact New Mexico ratepayers.
  • Explore modifications to the New Mexico Production Tax Credit (PTC) to provide more certainty to the renewable energy industry and/or directly incentivize renewable energy storage.
  • Continue to investigate funding or cost recovery options for renewable energy storage projects in New Mexico.

Complete report of the Renewable Energy Storage Task Force - November 18, 2013
Presentation to the Legislature’s Interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee - November 18, 2013

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