In New Mexico, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regulates the utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers, and insurance industries of the state. PRC also ensures reasonable rates and adequate services to the public as required by law. In addition, the PRC is in charge of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Firefighter Training Academy, Pipeline Safety, and the registration of all corporations doing business in New Mexico.
Further, to promote environmental and economic sustainability for New Mexico and its citizens, the Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department develops and implements clean energy programs on renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, clean fuels, and efficient transportation. Most programs implemented by ECMD are related to the development and use of solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass resources as well as alternative fuels and transportation. In addition, the EMCD provides technical assistance and information in these areas to government agencies, educational institutions, Indian tribes and pueblos, and to the general public.
The EMCD through its Oil Conservation Division (OCD) regulates oil, gas and geothermal activities in New Mexico. The functions of the OCD include gathering oil and gas production data, issuing permits for new wells, establishing pool rules and oil and gas allowables, issuing discharge permits, enforcing rules and regulations of the division, monitoring underground injection wells and ensuring that abandoned wells are properly plugged and the land is responsibly restored.
Likewise, the Mining and Minerals Division of the EMCD promotes the public trust by providing responsible utilization, conservation, reclamation and safeguarding of land and resources affected by mining.
On the other hand, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) administers the major environmental protection laws and provides a high quality life throughout the state by promoting safe, clean, and productive environment. The Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) established under the NMED provides for comprehensive water quality management program, adoption of water quality standards, and adoption of regulations to prevent or abate water pollution in the state.