Renewable Energy - Geothermal

Harold Trujillo
(505) 476-3372
harold.trujillo@state.nm.us

Daren Zigich
(505) 476-3323
darenk.zigich@state.nm.us

 

Geothermal Energy

GEOTHERMAL ENERGY PROGRAM MISSION

The Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) serves as the state liaison to the U.S. Department of Energy geothermal program and coordinates the New Mexico Geothermal Energy Working Group. ECMD disseminates information on geothermal resources, development and incentives, and monitors geothermal development activities to promote environmental and economic sustainability for New Mexico and its citizens. In 2016 ECMD became the regulatory agency for high temperature (>250 degrees F) geothermal resouce development.

 

GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION

The 2016 passage of the Geothermal Resources Development Act moved the resource development and regulation implementation for high temperature (>250 degrees F) geothermal wells from the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division to the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division. The official program transition date was July 1, 2016.

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Energy Conservation and Management Division held a public hearing on proposed rules for the new Geothermal Resources Development permitting program on January 3, 2018. After receiving both oral and written comments, ECMD adopted new rules for the development and permitting of high temperature geothermal wells and geothermal facilities on February 7, 2018. See links below for the final rules and the Division's Statement of Reasons outlining the statutory background, process, issues that resulted in revisions to the proposed rules, summary of the final rules and repeals, and reasons for adopting 19.11.1 NMAC through 19.11.4 NMAC and repealing 19.14.110 NMAC through 19.14.131 NMAC.

NEW GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT RULES
(RULE EFFECTIVE DATE February 27, 2018)

The New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division will provide updates on our website regarding the future geothermal regulation developments and future permitting forms and guidance materials. If you are interested in receiving more information or updates on high temperature geothermal resource permitting, please contact Daren Zigich or Gail Cooke.

For all inquiries regarding low temperature geothermal wells, please contact the New Mexico Environment Department Ground Water Quality Bureau.

GEOTHERMAL GROUND-COUPLED HEAT PUMP TAX CREDIT
Geothermal Energy BrochureThe New Mexico Geothermal Ground-Coupled Heat Pump Tax Credit will pay up to 30%, with a $9,000 maximum, of your geothermal ground-coupled heat pump system that is operational subsequent to January 1, 2010. This incentive is available for both personal and corporate income taxes for purchase and installation costs for these systems. In addition to this state tax credit, the federal government will pay 30% in a federal tax credit (Personal) or 10% (Corporate) for your geothermal ground-coupled heat pump system. New Mexico's incentive was passed by the legislature in 2009 to help citizens invest in clean energy for their homes or businesses.

TAX CREDIT FORMS, RULES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Certification Application (Form 1)  (Document will Download)
Installation Form (Form 2)  (Document will Download)
Corporate Income Tax Rule
Personal Income Tax Rule
State Taxation and Revenue Department Tax Credit Claim Form RPD-41346
State Conservation and Preservation Tax Credits Information

NEW MEXICO'S GEOTHERMAL ENERGY RESOURCE

WHAT IS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY?

Geothermal energy is heat that lies beneath the surface of the earth. It is a clean, abundant, continuously available renewable energy resource. New Mexico has vast geothermal energy resources.

High temperature geothermal energy is tapped from reservoirs of hot water, steam, and hot rock. Also, the constant temperature just below the surface of the ground serves as a thermal reservoir that is accessed by conventional trenching or drilling methods.

 

HOW IS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY USED?

Click here to read about ground source heat pumps, direct use and geothermal electricity production.

WHY USE GEOTHERMAL ENERGY?

Click here to read why geothermal energy is a clean, cost-effective alternative for heating, cooling and electricity generation.

NEW MEXICO GEOTHERMAL ENERGY LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Click here for information and links.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

New Mexico Communities with Geothermal Potential

INEEL Map of New Mexico's Geothermal Resources

Geothermal Resource Development Needs in New Mexico

Geothermal Technologies Program

GeoPowering the West

Oil Conservation Division Geothermal Power Regulations, Application, Bonding, Forms & Resource  Information

Moderate- and High-Temperature Geothermal Resource Data

 
Click here for information on the 2011 Geothermal Energy Working Group
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