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State of New Mexico, New Mexico

Program: Compatible Use

State of New Mexico, New Mexico

New Mexico is promoting energy siting throughout the state that is compatible with the military mission at area installations.

The New Mexico Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), in coordination with the New Mexico Office of Military Base Planning and Support, is undertaking the Management of Compatible Energy Projects (MCEP) for the state.  The 24-month project, which includes a GIS mapping tool, is targeted for completion in mid-2019. 

The MCEP is intended to promote compatible siting of New Mexico energy projects, including transmission lines that support continued military operations.  The project creates a mechanism that supports civilian growth and development that is compatible with the military mission of installations throughout New Mexico, by creating the first state-wide comprehensive assessment of land use for energy projects, both generation and transmission, and potential compatibility issues with vital training, testing, and other military missions. 

MRCOG will work in collaboration with Dona Ana County to ensure development of the MCEP is in coordination with efforts already underway to promote compatible energy project siting in support of White Sands Missile Range, Holloman AFB and Fort Bliss military operations. The MCEP will leverage the investment of existing databases, maps, legislation and permitting requirements to:

  • Create a web-based, New Mexico-specific tool to assess energy project compatibility with military operations;
  • Develop model legislation and ordinances related to permitting in support of compatible siting of energy projects; and
  • Develop a plan to sustain and maintain the web-based tool. 

With the web-based tool, the state, local governments and renewable energy developers can more proactively and effectively work with the military bases to plan for future development and collaborate with installations and local government to avoid areas of incompatibility that could impair military operations. 

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Compatibility Maps and Web Tool identifying potential compatibility issues with energy projects;
  • Model legislation and ordinances related to permitting in support of compatible siting of energy projects; and
  • Plan to sustain the web-based tool with recommendations to maintain web-based tool and staffing requirements.

Point of Contact:

Dewey Cave   

Executive Director

Mid-Region Council of Governments

(505) 247-1750

Program: Compatible Use

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