Project Power Case Study

Northern New Mexico Capacity Constraint

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) was stumped. After working for 7 years and spending $13 million attempting to bring a badly needed transmission line to the northern New Mexico communities of Santa Fe and Las Vegas, public resistance had killed the proposed line. Nevertheless, these communities needed a new source of reliable electricity to serve the area’s growing demand.

PNM turned to STAR Group for a new approach to public involvement. Utilizing the STAR Group Utility Search Conference®, PNM was able to bring all affected stakeholders together to agree on several recommendations for the company’s consideration. Among these recommendations included construction of a new 230kV transmission line.

Because the STAR Group Utility Search Conference® was so effective, each of the seven regulatory bodies with jurisdiction over the project gave it unanimous approval – something unheard of in PNM’s experience. The new line was constructed on time and was energized in May 2006.