PNM’s transmission and distribution lines cross hundreds of sensitive cultural resource sites throughout New Mexico. Through consultation with tribes, federal and state agencies, and private landowners PNM has successfully minimized impacts to these non-renewable resources throughout New Mexico.

The PNM Cultural Resource Program focuses on minimizing impacts to cultural resources by:

  • Training all distribution and transmission employees on cultural resource protection every two years.
  • All construction and maintenance projects are vetted for potential impacts to cultural resources and appropriate protective measures are employed including project re-design, cultural resource monitoring and excavation when necessary.
Pin flags mark prehistoric artifacts along a PNM transmission line.

Pin flags mark prehistoric artifacts along a PNM transmission line.

Prehistoric Anasazi ceramics found on a site within a PNM easement.

Prehistoric Anasazi ceramics found on a site within a PNM easement.

PNM is the recipient of the 2013 Heritage Preservation Award from the City of Santa Fe for our ongoing work in the city and efforts to do the right thing to protect cultural resources.

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Profile map showing buried acequia and 1800s artifacts identified under a downtown street in Santa Fe.

City of Santa Fe Electrical Upgrade Project

    Since 2010 PNM has installed approximately 21,646 feet of electrical distribution cable in the City of Santa Fe.

  1. The entire downtown area of Santa Fe contains buried archaeological artifacts and features that contain invaluable information regarding the human occupation of the city from the prehistoric period through the recent historic period.
  2. All ground disturbing activities within downtown Santa Fe require archaeological investigations to document, protect and preserve archaeological materials located underneath the modern ground surface.