Expired, Repealed, and Archived New Mexico Incentives and Laws
The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) provides funding for eligible mitigation projects for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. NMED may provide funds up to 100% of the cost to purchase, install, and maintain eligible light-duty EV charging stations. Additional requirements may apply.
The program is funded by New Mexico’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, visit the New Mexico Volkswagen Settlement website.
Xcel Energy offers residential customers a rebate of up to $500 for the installation of a dedicated electrical circuit to support a Level 2 EV charging station. Income-eligible applicants may receive a rebate of up to $2,500. For more information, see the Xcel Energy Driving Toward an Electric Future website.
The New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources will develop a grant program to support grid modernization technologies. Technologies include advanced metering infrastructure, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle charging systems. (Reference New Mexico Statutes 71-11-1)
The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Alternative Fuel Acquisition Revolving Loan Program provides loans to state agencies, political subdivisions, and educational institutions for AFV acquisitions. Funds must be used for the purchase of vehicles that operate on natural gas, propane, electricity, or hydrogen. The maximum amount of a loan per vehicle must not exceed the incremental cost of acquiring the vehicle or the following amounts:
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
|Up to 14,000 pounds (lbs.)
|14,000 lbs.-26,000 lbs.
|Over 26,000 lbs.
Projected fuel cost savings from using the AFV is considered when the loan repayment schedule is developed. For more information, see the New Mexico Energy Roadmap website.
(Reference New Mexico Statutes 13-1B-1 through 13-1B-7)
The New Mexico Energy Department (NMED) is accepting applications for funding of heavy-duty on-road and limited off-road diesel emission reduction projects through September 14, 2018. Note that funding for light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment is not an eligible project for this round of funding. This grant program is funded by New Mexico's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including how to apply, see the NMED VW Settlement page.
The New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department administers the Clean Energy Grants Program, which provides grants for projects using clean energy technologies, including AFVs and fueling infrastructure, as well as projects that provide clean energy education, technical assistance, and training programs. These grants are provided on a competitive basis to qualifying entities such as municipalities and county governments, state agencies, state universities, public schools, post-secondary educational institutions, and Indian nations, tribes, and pueblos. (Reference New Mexico Statutes 71-7-1)
Under the Green Jobs Act, the New Mexico Higher Education Department must develop a state research program in partnership with the Workforce Solutions Department to collect labor market data for renewable energy industries. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration administers a green jobs fund to support the programs. (Reference New Mexico Statutes 9-15D-1 through 9-15D-5)
In 2011, New Mexico joined Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to stimulate the production and demand for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) NGVs. The MOU aims to encourage OEMs to offer functional and affordable light- and medium-duty NGVs, aggregate state vehicle procurement through a joint request for proposals (RFP), boost private investment in natural gas fueling infrastructure, and encourage greater coordination between state and local agencies. In 2012, National Association of State Procurement Officials coordinated the solicitation of a joint RFP, which the Oklahoma Department of Central Services (DCS) issued on behalf of the MOU signatories and additional states. As a result, state fleets have access to more affordable NGVs through dealerships now included in state vehicle purchasing bids. For more information, including awarded vehicles by state and vehicle purchase information for state fleets, see the DCS Statewide Contract for NGVs solicitation page.
The following was repealed by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board on November 7, 2013: All new passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles offered for sale or lease in or imported into New Mexico must be certified to California motor vehicle emissions standards as specified in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations. (Reference New Mexico Administrative Code 20.2.88)
The Green Jobs Cabinet prepared a statewide strategic plan for clean energy and clean technology economic development and job creation, to include biofuels. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture must work with the biofuels industry, state universities, national laboratories, and industry groups to evaluate the economic opportunities of biofuel production in the state. Toward a New Mexico State Plan for Biofuels Leadership, published in May 2010, provides recommendations to grow and develop the biofuels sector in the state. (Reference Executive Order 2009-002, 2009, and Executive Order 2010-001, 2010)
A tax credit against the state corporate income tax liability is available for each gallon of blended biodiesel fuel containing a minimum of 2% biodiesel (B2), as long as the state special fuel excise tax was paid on the fuel. From January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, the credit amount is $0.01 per gallon. (Reference New Mexico Statutes 7-2A-23)
The New Mexico Department of Economy Development and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department are directed to establish the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Development Program to foster the development of hydrogen and fuel cell-related commercialization and economic development in the state. The program will establish a public-private partnership to provide guidance and support for hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives; support the adoption of uniform hydrogen safety codes and standards and provide education and training to communicate these codes and standards to the appropriate fire and regulatory entities; develop demonstration projects by pursuing federal funds and other available funds to augment state resources, advance public education about hydrogen and fuel cell technology, and build the necessary infrastructure to support commercial use and adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies; and coordinate research and education activities related to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to promote closer cooperation and advance the state's overall capabilities and programs in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. (Reference New Mexico Statutes 71-7-7)
To conserve energy and promote renewable energy development, all state agency fleets must reduce their transportation energy consumption by 20%, based on 2005 levels, by 2015. The New Mexico General Services Department (GSD) must convene a Fleet Improvement & Acquisition Team (FIAT) to develop strategies to meet this goal. FIAT must also develop procedures for each agency, approve all vehicle purchases, and review each agency’s vehicle fuel usage. The GSD must also continue to pursue increased use of renewable fuels by state agency fleets; using renewable fuels does not count towards the energy reduction goal. (Reference Executive Order 09-047, 2009, and Executive Order 07-053, 2007)
By 2010, all cabinet-level state agencies, public schools (K-12), and institutions of higher education are required to take action toward obtaining 15% of their total transportation fuel requirements from renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. (Reference Executive Order 05-049, 2005)
The New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and the Economic Development Department of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture are required to study the state biodiesel industry and evaluate ways to provide incentives to the industry to increase the distribution of biodiesel in the state. The EMNRD must report all study findings and recommendations to the state legislature by December 1, 2009. (Reference House Joint Memorial 33, 2009)
HEVs with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated combined fuel economy rating of at least 27.5 miles per gallon are eligible for a one-time exemption from the motor vehicle excise tax at the time the when original certificate of title for the vehicle is issued. The tax exemption is available through June 30, 2009. (Reference New Mexico Statutes 7-14-6)
The legislature of New Mexico encourages the executive branch of the state government to pursue energy policies and goals to implement the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and alternative fuel technologies throughout state government and the state, including state universities and public schools. The Secretary of the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, in cooperation with other state agencies, must pursue measures to encourage the use of alternative fuel and hybrid electric vehicles throughout the state, including the development of a statewide alternative fueling station infrastructure. (Reference Senate Joint Memorial 89, 2003)
The legislature of New Mexico has resolved that, during the 2003 legislative interim, the secretary of economic development be requested to appear before the appropriate interim committee and report on the economic development department's plan for hydrogen and fuel cell research and development in New Mexico, as well as on any suggested legislation. This declaration was made to support New Mexico in its readiness to take a national leadership role in research, development, manufacturing and integration of hydrogen energy technology products and systems, and its position as a world leader in hydrogen and fuel cell research and development. (Reference HJM 6, 2003)