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New Mexico utility to keep lights on for federal workers

January 11, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility says it will not disconnect the power of federal employees who are behind on their bills.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico made the announcement Thursday as the partial government shutdown continued.

The vice president of PNM customer service operations, Becky Teague, says the utility believes it’s important to help federal employees during what she called an uncertain time.

Employees who are behind on their electricity bills just need to provide PNM with a copy of their furlough letter. Those who aren’t behind but still need assistance are urged to call the utility to find out what help might be available.

Federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy and the Interior Department employ many workers in New Mexico.