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Distributed Energy Resources - Expanding DER Applications in Targeted Markets

The Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in partnership with New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is undertaking a distributed energy resources project focused on a dairy operation. This partnership is enhanced by involvement of the agricultural sector, professionals with experience in financing, economics, methane utilization and commercialization and electrical interconnection.

The goal of this project is to design, construct, operate, and evaluate a two-phase, biofermentation system to convert carbon in dairy manure to methane, produce electricity for on-site use, interconnect to the local utility, sale excess power to the grid and evaluate the reuse of the resulting solids as beneficial soil amendment. The project will also examine the economic viability for the replication and implementation of such systems in both New Mexico and Texas and develop financing alternatives to be used by the agricultural industry.

This project seeks to address the technical, economic and regulatory barriers slowing the deployment of biomass to energy projects in New Mexico and Texas as well as provide options to the dairy industry for responsible manure management techniques that not only provide environmental benefits but also access to reliable, affordable energy.

The Biomass Industry Distributed Energy Resources Project is proposed as a two-year project. We are requesting $336,969 in grant funds and will provide a non-federal cost share of 55% totaling $411,851 for a total project cost of $748,820.


New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD)
Energy Conservation & Management Division (ECMD)
1220 South Street, Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-3314
Contact: Rene Parker
Email: [email protected]


Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
New Mexico State University (NMSU)


Total project cost: $749,431
STAC-DOE portion: $336,949
Participant portion: $412,482

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Last Updated: 11/15/04