The Feasibility of a municipally operated electric grid in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Infrastructures
City Development
2010

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Stephen A. Tecce, Ho Fong Leung, Andrew Edward Harner, Joel B. Altman,

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Abstract: Santa Fe, NM adopted the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan in 2008 to provide environmentally-conscious considerations to local policies which would help Santa Fe be resilient to climate change and rising energy costs, but Santa Fe has no control over one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases: energy production. The lack of control over energy production and policy has led to interest in the acquisition of the electrical infrastructure from Public Service Utility of New Mexico (PNM) in order to incorporate renewable energy. This study assesses the value of the existing electrical infrastructure in Santa Fe to provide some preliminary information for its purchase. The replacement cost of the infrastructure was estimated to be $100 million, an amount the city could afford.