Electricity & Natural Gas
With utility rates among the lowest in the country, doing business in New Mexico can save you money. The majority of the metro area’s electricity is provided by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), one of the most reliable power providers in the country. Electric rates in New Mexico are lower that those in surrounding and competitive states.
Intel Corporation’s ability to operate confidently and productively at its Rio Rancho plant is an incredible testament to PNM’s reliability offerings.
PNM provides service electric service to 426,000 New Mexicans through 3,192 miles of transmission lines; 5,598 miles of overhead distribution; and 4,504 miles of underground distribution lines.
New Mexico Gas Company provides natural gas service to 481,000 New Mexicans.
Water & Waste Water
The Metro New Mexico region is primarily high desert, with an average rainfall of 9-14 inches/year. Our communities have streamlined their water usage to ensure a supply for future generations while meeting water compact obligations. These goals are being met through a combination of active conservation efforts, a search for new sources, technological progress in water reclamation and re-use, and an active market in unused water rights. While water-intensive industries never make sense in a desert, nearly all industries will find a more than adequate supply of water to meet their needs.
Each community in the metro area handles its own water and sewer services. Rio Rancho, 505-891-5002, provides water from an underground aquifer. The City provides water and waste water services to all of Rio Rancho, with the exception of the recently annexed Quail Ranch Development that is being served by New Mexico Utilities. Groundwater is Rio Rancho’s sole water source. The City has water rights permits that meet current and near-term demand. The City’s long-term water plans include future acquisition for 24,000 acre-feet of water rights, future acquisition for wells, water storage and pumping; and acquisition for water treatment of arsenic. The City water and waste water system is comprised of six waste water treatment plants and nineteen separate water wells.
New construction projects in the City are subject to Impact Fees. To be directed to the Impact Fee page, CLICK HERE.
Other prospective businesses considering constructing new locations in the City have the ability to determine the status of water and waste water services to the sites under consideration. The form to request this service can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
For more information, visit the City of Rio Rancho online: rrnm.gov or in person:
3200 Civic Center Circle NE , Suite 200
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Phone: (505) 896-8715
Fax: (505) 891-5201
New Mexico currently has two area codes (505) and (575) and a more-than-capable telecommunications network. The entire metro area, has a (505) designation. The (575) area code is dedicated to rural New Mexico.
Notable heavy telecom and/or dual feed users in Rio Rancho: Hewlett-Packard Co. (The Rio Rancho 218,000 sf. customer and IT support site is also home to one of only two labs and data centers worldwide for enterprise customers such as Wells Fargo, Home Depot, and NASDAQ. The lab was designed to simulate technical issues for real time problem solving for HP.)
Waste Management Corporation (NYSE: WMI) provides solid waste services to all of Rio Rancho and most of Sandoval County. Waste Management is a major provider of waste services throughout the United States. The company is headquartered in Houston, with operations including collection, transfer, disposal, waste-to-energy, recycling and landfill gas projects.
The Rio Rancho Landfill, operated by WMI, is located on Northern Blvd. & 33rd Street in Rio Rancho. You can reach them by phone at (505) 892-2055, online at Waste Management of New Mexico or in person at 2300 Grande Blvd. SE in Rio Rancho.