2018 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Public Affairs Matters
Article 12 - Hazardous Materials Emergency Response
Section 12-12-3 - Energy supply alert; energy emergency; powers of the governor.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 12-12-3 (2018)
12-12-3. Energy supply alert; energy emergency; powers of the governor.

A. The governor, after making written findings of the grounds upon which he bases his decision, may issue a declaration that an energy supply alert exists. The governor shall publish his declaration and the findings upon which it is based along with any orders issued pursuant to the declared alert. After declaring that the state or any region thereof is in an alert status the governor may issue executive orders directed at state agencies and political subdivisions of the state. Such orders may include but are not limited to the following provisions:

(1) imposition of restrictions on any wasteful, inefficient or nonessential use of energy resources;

(2) ordering changes in operation schedules and working hours;

(3) curtailing the use of land vehicles, watercraft and aircraft; and

(4) such other provisions as are deemed necessary to reduce the consumption of energy resources.

B. The governor, upon termination of an energy supply alert or after determining that the declaration of an energy supply alert would be insufficient to meet the situation facing the people of New Mexico and after making written findings of the grounds upon which he bases his decision that an energy emergency exists, which findings shall be provided the presiding officer of each house of the legislature, may issue a declaration that such an emergency exists. Upon the issuance and publication of such a declaration and the written determination of need, the governor may issue executive orders and may take such steps as are necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of the Energy Emergency Powers Act [12-12-1 through 12-12-9 NMSA 1978] and generally to protect the peace, health, safety and welfare and preserve the lives and property of the people of this state. Executive orders may include but are not limited to the following provisions:

(1) imposition of restrictions on any wasteful, inefficient or nonessential use of energy resources;

(2) allocation of available supplies of energy resources among areas, users, persons or categories of persons or users. In allocating available resources the governor shall give priority to energy resource use essential to public health and safety, and shall thereafter attempt to allocate the remaining supply equitably;

(3) regulation of the days and times when energy resources may be sold to end users and the amounts which may be sold or purchased;

(4) regulation of the hours and days during which nonresidential buildings may be open and the temperature at which they may be maintained; and

(5) such provisions as may be necessary to assure that adequate transportation facilities exist to supply the energy needs of this state.

C. The governor shall review the requests of the chief executive of political subdivisions that the governor issue orders to require specific actions to be taken within those subdivisions. The governor may grant those requests he deems in the best interest of the state and may delegate to the political subdivisions such powers as he determines would best be vested in local entities.

D. Executive orders issued pursuant to this section shall take effect three days after publication in a manner designed to assure statewide notification. In addition, executive orders issued hereunder are exempt from the provisions of the State Rules Act [Chapter 14, Article 4 NMSA 1978].

History: Laws 1980, ch. 107, § 3.

ANNOTATIONS

Compiler's notes.Laws 2011, ch. 2, § 1, effective March 16, 2011, created a natural gas emergency investigation task force and provided that the task force report its findings and recommendations to the governor and the appropriate interim legislative committees by August 1, 2011, and post its report on the public regulation commission website upon completion.

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