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PNM Recognizes City of Albuquerque for Big Energy Efficiency Savings

City Projects Save Energy and Taxpayer Dollars and Earn Big Rebate Checks

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – Today Mayor Richard J. Berry joined executives from PNM to announce that the city’s energy efficiency efforts are paying big dividends for taxpayers and the environment Albuquerque continues to take significant strides towards energy efficiency by upgrading lighting, heating and cooling in fire stations, libraries and community centers.

City of Albuquerque projects have resulted in:

•  A savings of more than 7.4 million kilowatt hours annually on City electric bills

•  A reduction of more than 2.5 million gallons of water used

•  Rebates of $437,655 from PNM

Today’s event took place in the Albuquerque Convention Center, which is a showpiece for the city’s energy efficiency efforts. The City replaced inefficient lighting with energy efficient fixtures and installed occupancy sensors in the East wing of the complex.  The sensors alone will save taxpayers $75,000 annually on the convention center’s electric bills

“By implementing reasonable and sound energy efficient energy projects, the City of Albuquerque has saved more than two million dollars from avoided energy costs, PNM rebates, and reduced operating costs,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.

A reduction of 62 percent is being achieved by controlling light levels of each fixture to meet the desired light level for all events. Areas that are not occupied or are on an unoccupied schedule have energy saving measures implemented that include fixtures in an off or dim state.   Lighting fixtures around window areas where daylight harvesting is possible are also reducing energy consumption due to dimming by considering the amount of natural lighting is contributing to the overall light level.

“By taking advantage of a variety of PNM programs, Mayor Berry is helping to make Albuquerque a greener and more energy efficient city,” said Ron Darnell, PNM senior vice president. “These efforts truly make a difference by saving taxpayer money, building a stronger economy and protecting our environment.”

Since 2009, Albuquerque businesses have cashed in more than $11 million in rebates through PNM programs aimed at helping businesses make energy-efficient upgrades. Those businesses are credited with saving more than 126 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to removing 12,700 cars from the road and conserving more than 44 million gallons of water.

For more information on the PNM Business Energy Efficiency Program, please visit

PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M.  PNM provides electric utility service to 500,000 customers in New Mexico.  PNM Resources stock is traded primarily on the NYSE under the symbol PNM. For more information, see the company's Web site at