We breathe the same air, drink the same water and raise our families in this state. We are committed to supporting the advancement and the use of clean renewable energy as well as promoting conservation measures to preserve the beauty of our state and the health of its residents.
We accomplish this through detailed planning, thorough policies, vigorous controls and first-rate operations. Our approach to environmental management integrates environmental leadership, operational excellence and accountability. You can learn more details about our environmental management efforts here.
Environmental Leadership, Operational Excellence and Accountability
PNM is a leader in the utility industry for minimizing and mitigating the environmental impacts of utility work by having a strong environmental management program.
Two primary focus areas help ensure that all PNM employees incorporate environmental stewardship in their daily activities:
- PNM Work Screening Process: Before field work begins, PNM employees must screen their activities through the PNM Environmental Management System process, which addresses a range of issues.
- PNM Employee Training: Environmental protection is part of every employee’s job description. Every operations employee is required to attend a PNM Environmental Management System training class. Numerous successes have resulted from increased employee awareness, and this has helped foster a company-wide ethic of environmental stewardship.
- PNM was named Large Business Recycler of the Year in 2014 by the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce.
- Using our programs in 2013, customers saved energy that is equivalent to serving approximately 10,500 homes.
- PNM reduced fresh water usage on a gallon per megawatt hour by 24 percent since 2002 through improved plant operations, the use of gray water and air for cooling, and the addition of renewables.
- Since 2006, the San Juan Generating Station has reduced mercury emissions by 99 percent, making the plant a leader in the nation on mercury emissions reductions. We have also dramatically reduced nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter emissions.
- Since 2010, more than 5,000 PNM poles have been bird guarded to protect New Mexico’s avian species.