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New Mexico governor reassures Facebook after S39M bill

April 25, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she’s not pleased about state regulators’ decision to require Facebook to pay $39 million for new transmission line construction for its data center.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the Democratic governor told business leaders Wednesday that she can’t interfere with the Public Regulation Commission’s authority, but she has been in contact with Facebook to reassure the company.

The commission last week ordered the Public Service Company of New Mexico to bill Facebook for nearly half the cost of the $85 million transmission project for its new data center. The commission said the utility cannot bill ratepayers for the project because it will not benefit retail customers.

Lujan Grisham says she believes the utility is prepared to make its case that the bill isn’t justified.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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