An important task for the elected Public Regulation Commission — before the governor-appointed version of that body takes over — is to smooth the way and incentivize development of microgrids for new, single-family home subdivisions.

Microgrid is one of those terms that means different things. Santa Fe Community College has one, but that’s not what we’re talking about. The first and only subdivision-scale microgrid in New Mexico went online in 2019 for housing at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.

It was installed by Emera Technologies, a subsidiary of Emera, a Nova Scotia-based electric utility company that happens to own New Mexico Gas Co. More on that later.

Kim Shanahan has been a

Santa Fe green builder since 1986 and a sustainability consultant since 2019. Contact him at