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From one of the most reliable electric companies in the country to one of the lowest-priced natural gas providers to some of the most high-tech telecommunications services available anywhere, Albuquerque has the bases covered when it comes to utilities. And with this region’s focus on conservation and renewable energy, the picture should only get better.

Telecommunications.

A recent development in Albuquerque’s telecommunications network is the LambdaRail connection that runs between Mesa del Sol and the Encanto supercomputer in Rio Rancho. This connection offers high-tech and film/media companies direct access to one of the nation’s largest non-classified supercomputers.

The Albuquerque metro area benefits from digital telecom technology provided by companies such as Century Link and Verizon. There are plentiful POPs throughout Albuquerque, especially within the north I-25 corridor and downtown. And a SONET ring maintains excellent reliability within these areas.

Electricity and natural gas.

The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), an investor-owned utility, provides electricity to commercial and industrial customers in the Albuquerque metro area. PNM has an excellent reliability record. Over the past several years, the company has maintained an average reliability rating of 99.9925%.

New Mexico is the fourth largest gas producer in the United States with the second largest natural gas reserve. So Albuquerque offers costs that are among the lowest in the nation. The New Mexico Gas Company is the largest commercial provider of natural gas in the State and offers large users the option of purchasing gas from third parties and transporting it over NMCGO lines.

Water.

This is a high desert region. But the City of Albuquerque has taken steps over the years to ensure an adequate and safe supply of water for residential, commercial and industrial uses well into the future.

Albuquerque has adopted a plan for water management that includes the use of river water, recycled water, ground water from a shallow aquifer and water from a deep aquifer to protect the city’s water supply. The San Juan-Chama Water will supply 90 percent of Albuquerque’s future water, providing more than 16 billion gallons of new water per year.

Wastewater.

The City of Albuquerque’s Wastewater Utility Division is responsible for maintaining Albuquerque’s wastewater collection system and wastewater reclamation plant. Major area industries participate in programs that monitor, and in some cases pre-treat, their wastewater. This system reclaims about 60 million gallons of wastewater daily.

Source: Albuquerque Economic Development – www.abq.org