New Mexico Grid Modernization Retreat

Santa Fe, NM | December 12, 2019

The New Mexico Grid Modernization Retreat explored strategies to implement New Mexico’s Energy Transition Act, which requires 100 percent zero-carbon electricity for utilities by 2045 and rural electric cooperatives by 2050. The retreat examined how to reach the targets in the Act with a modernized grid in the most affordable, reliable, and equitable way. We explored topics including how to finance electricity system upgrades and new technology deployment, western electricity markets, energy equity and affordability for underserved communities, battery storage and electric vehicle grid impacts.

AGENDA  

Thursday, December 12 – Steward L. Udall Building Center for Museum Resources 

Welcome

  • Speakers:
    • Jessica Rackley, Program Director, Energy, Infrastructure & Environment, National Governors Association

Overview, Meeting Goals, and Introductions

  • Speakers:
  • Sarah Cottrell Propst, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD)
  • Anna Linden Weller, Policy Advisor, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and 
  • Laura Tabor, Sustainability and Resilience Officer, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD)

Planning for the Future Keynote

Break

Framing the Vision for 2030, 2040 and 2050 

  • Speakers:
    • Charles Hanley, Senior Manager Grid Modernization & Resilient Infrastructures, Sandia National Laboratory

Western Grid Integration

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Doug Howe, Director, Western Grid Group 
    • Johnny Casana, Senior Manager, U.S. Political and Regulatory Affairs, Pattern Energy Group

Lunch

Energy Storage and Electric Vehicle Impacts on the Grid

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Laboratories, Program Manager, Energy Storage Technologies and Systems
    • Ken Wilson, Engineering Fellow, Western Resource Advocates
    • Gary Oppedahl, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Emera Technologies LLC

Financing the Modern Grid 

  • Speakers:
    • Fernando Martinez, Executive Director, New Mexico, Renewable Energy Transition Authority (RETA)
    • John Hensley, Vice President, Research & Analytics, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Break

Energy Equity Impacts & Ensuring Community Benefits from ETA Compliance 

  • Speakers:
    • Noah Long, Director, Interior West and Northwest, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 
    • Lisa Hu, Energy Equity Director, the Greenlining Institute

Establishing a Vision for 2030, 2040 and 2050 — Opportunities for Stakeholder Feedback

  • Speakers:
  • Anna Linden Weller, Policy Advisor, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and 
  • Laura Tabor, Sustainability and Resilience Officer, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD)

Adjourn