ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data...
Bill to phase out coal plant advances in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that aims to boost renewable energy production and phase out a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico is headed toward a Senate vote.
New Mexico high court tosses complaint against PRC chairman
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has thrown out a conflict of interest complaint against the chairman of the Public Regulation Commission.
A Santa Fe-based clean energy advocacy group sought to prevent PRC Chairman Sandy Jones from ruling on Public Service Company of New Mexico's proposed power plan over an alleged conflict of interest.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to resurrect legislation that would have helped New Mexico's largest electric utility recoup some of its costs from closing a coal-fired power plant, which would have also provided economic development money for the surrounding community.
New Mexico regulators demand answers from PNM on coal silo collapse
The Public Service Company of New Mexico has 13 days to explain the cause of the March coal silo collapse and resulting fire at its San Juan Generating Station, according to an order issued Wednesday by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.
The order also requires PNM to explain what repairs it plans to make and when it will make them to restore the coal-fired unit No. 1 to service at the power plant near Farmington.
PRC tapped to look into cause of fire at San Juan Generating Station
Nine advocacy groups, led by New Energy Economy, on Thursday asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to investigate the cause of a March blaze at the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station northwest of Farmington.
The state Public Regulation Commission announced Wednesday that it unanimously rejected Public Service Company of New Mexico’s proposal for a new remote metering system that the electric utility claimed would save customers $20 million over the next two decades and give consumers the ability to monitor their power use online.
Public Service Company of New Mexico is warning business owners in Santa Fe and other New Mexico cities to be wary of scammers who threaten to disconnect customers’ electricity unless a payment is made.
In the past two weeks, PNM has received more than 300 reports from business customers about the attempts, primarily in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, though businesses and even some residential customers statewide have been targeted, according to a news release.
Financially ailing Westmoreland Coal Co. — which operates the mine that supplies coal to the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico — this week told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it needs more time to complete its annual report because it’s having problems paying debts.
Democratic senator feuding with Wirth quits leadership post
A rift in the Democrat-controlled state Senate widened Tuesday as one of the chamber’s younger members resigned from his leadership position as caucus chairman.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque said he was resigning immediately as caucus chairman because of a disagreement with Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth.
In a state ravaged by poverty, keeping a lid on the cost of power is critical to struggling households and our ability to attract business and create jobs. Yet, New Mexico’s electric utilities continue a barrage of rate increase demands to pay for new investments — often in dying technologies. This in a state showing little or no growth.
Shareholders of New Mexico’s fourth-largest publicly traded company — a firm that owns the state’s largest electric utility — purchased a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s edition of The New Mexican to blast a small local nonprofit for opposing a bill that would have benefited the firm.
“Congratulations New Energy Economy on your defeat of SB47,” says the tongue-in-cheek ad paid for by the shareholders of PNM Resources, the parent company of Public Service Company of New Mexico.
In a case of strange political bedfellows, a conservative lawmaker from San Juan County and the leader of a Santa Fe environmental group not known for compromising came together Tuesday to back a bill aimed at easing the economic woes of New Mexico communities hit by the closing of large coal-burning power plants.
New House bill would ease impact of power plant shutdown on county
After a Senate committee last week poured cold water on a bill allowing Public Service Company of New Mexico to sell bonds to pay for the expenses of shutting down a coal-burning plant in San Juan County, a Farmington legislator has introduced a new bill aimed at easing the impact of the plant’s closure on county residents and government institutions.
Bill to let PNM recoup San Juan plant losses heads to Senate panel
Controversial legislation that would allow the state’s largest utility to recover losses from closing the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station is scheduled to face its first test next week in front of a state Senate committee.
The Senate Conservation Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, on Tuesday.
The jubilant atmosphere of New Year’s Eve on the Plaza was going strong until 11:30 p.m. Suddenly, the music stopped. And vainglorious speeches began — talk about killing the festive spirit. The mayor talked about the greatness of Santa Fe. A representative from Public Service Company of New Mexico — to whom many pay a bundle to light and heat their homes — predicted that Santa Fe’s celebration would outshine that of New York City, then proceeded to talk about PNM’s projects. A minor celebrity questioned whether Santa Fe was a town or a city. Notably, all of the speakers were male. After the countdown, a recorded version of the Mexican birthday song played, followed by a small, smoky fireworks display. Next year, have the speeches at the beginning (if at all) and let a group like Mariachi Buenaventura sing in the new year. Let’s acknowledge Santa Fe’s past and future, and have a good time doing it.
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While I shall defer to my esteemed counterparts at the the Public Regulation Commission regarding utility regulation, I do represent ratepayers in District 22 and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain what I look for when the Legislature is considering issues that affect the taxpayer.
National Dance Institute New Mexico has been serving children in New Mexico since 1994. Over the last 23 years, NDI New Mexico has reached over 100,000 children through in-school, after-school, summer and advanced-training classes in communities across the state.
Farmington, San Juan County to intervene in PNM case
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city of Farmington and San Juan County have decided to intervene in the Public Service Company of New Mexico's Integrated Resource Plan case.
The Farmington Daily Times reports both the City Council and the County Commission met Tuesday in closed executive session during their meetings to discuss intervening.
Let me get this straight. In its pending rate hike request, Public Service Company of New Mexico wants to spend $280 million more on coal and nuclear energy sources? Every penny of which and more I will pay back to PNM through my electric bill? Just after PNM asked the Public Regulation Commission to approve another $580 million coal contract earlier this year?
A story on Page A-1 of the Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, edition, about the federal Clean Power Plan, incorrectly stated that Public Service Company of New Mexico had agreed to make pollution-control changes at the Four Corners Power Plant in 2015 because of the Clean Power Plan. Those changes were made at the San Juan Generating Station to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Haze Rule.
New Mexico’s largest utility and environmentalists say the Trump administration’s announcement Monday that it’s taking steps to repeal regulations on coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change the fact that market forces already are pushing the state away from dependence on coal.
Santa Fe seeks to use only 100 percent renewable energy in 8 years
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales’ push for 100 percent renewable energy use by the city government within the next decade passed the City Council unanimously this week amid a conversation about how consolidating municipal facilities might help achieve that goal.
Mayor Javier Gonzales wants a study of whether Santa Fe can power all municipal facilities with renewable energy by 2025, a step toward sustainability that would build on previous city moves toward carbon-neutrality and reduced energy consumption in coming years.
A Gonzales-sponsored resolution directing City Manager Brian Snyder and staff to develop the feasibility study and report back in 90 days cleared the city Finance Committee on Monday without discussion.
Santa Fe police closed Zafarano Drive to traffic early Monday morning following a single-vehicle crash into a light pole at the corner of Zafarano and Cerrillos Road.
Police spokesman Greg Gurule said a motorist driving an SUV ran into the pole, which sported traffic signal wires, knocking power out and necessitating the closure.
As of 9 a.m. Monday he did not know about the status of the people inside the vehicle.
Nearly 50 Public Service Company of New Mexico customers told state regulators Monday that the utility should be investing more in renewable energy instead of asking for more money to pay for decadesold coal-burning plants and out-of-state nuclear power.
The broadside against PNM came as the Public Regulation Commission began weeks of hearings on the power company’s proposed 9 percent rate increase.
State regulators will begin deliberations Monday to determine whether New Mexico’s largest electric utility can raise its rates by 9.2 percent over the next two years, leading to a couple of hikes in customers’ monthly bills through at least 2019.
Unfortunately, once again, New Energy Economy is the only opposition party against Public Service Company of New Mexico’s newest $750 million rate case set for hearing beginning Monday (Aug. 7) at the PRC building, across the street from the Roundhouse (“PNM submits new rate hike proposal,” May 24).
In his My View (“Thanks, PNM: Good business is good for state,” July 2), Roy Martinez levels several accusations at New Energy Economy that are misleading and, in some instances, false.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers from coal industry-dependent regions of northwestern New Mexico urged utility regulators to consider the local economic consequences of utility plans to shut down two coal-fired power plants and related mining operations.
In high school, I started working with Earth Care and learned about the importance of sustainability and doing community projects to improve both environmental and social justice. Now, as a single mother, I am concerned for my daughter and future generations. I work hard to provide for my daughter but struggle sometimes; it has less to do with my work ethic and more to do with structural unfairness. An example occurred a few months ago when I was surprised by the newest Public Service Company of New Mexico bill.
Public Service Company of New Mexico was told it must publicly release documents under seal in a rate increase request, two hearing officers for the state Public Regulation Commission said this week.
I have been in corporate America, ran my own restaurant, served as the president of a nonprofit and founded a nonprofit that provides scholarships to our graduating seniors. I want to be able to use my skills to help bring economic opportunity to our state.
In April, Public Service Company of New Mexico issued a draft Integrated Resource Plan for public comment. The plan must identify the most cost-effective portfolio of electrical generating capacity that would meet the projected electrical demands of the utility’s customers over the next 20 years.
National Jewish Health, a Denver hospital specializing in pulmonary, cardiac and immune care that serves many New Mexicans, honored Pat Vincent-Collawn with a New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award on May 18.
Vincent-Collawn is CEO of the largest single polluter in New Mexico, Public Service Company of New Mexico. Her leadership in fossil fuel and nuclear energy policies is a health tragedy for many New Mexicans.
As a homeowner who has watched her electric bill increase by more than 50 percent since 2008, I had high hopes for state Senate Bill 360.
Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, the bill required utilities such as Public Service Company of New Mexico to solicit open market bids when they sought to add new energy capacity. These bids, obtained through a request for proposal process, would then be analyzed by an independent evaluator.
A Santa Fe-based clean-energy advocacy group claims the state’s largest utility intentionally misled the New Mexico Supreme Court this year about the economics of the aging San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.
Nearly 14,000 customers of Public Service Company of New Mexico on Santa Fe’s south side lost power Monday evening, the utility said.
PNM announced the power outage on Facebook about 8:45 p.m. Power was restored to about 3,600 customers by 9:10, but the cause of the outage was still unknown, the utility said.
The estimated restore time for the remaining customers was 10:30 p.m.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico has submitted a new rate proposal after having an earlier one rejected.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2qct7Gi ) the proposal had been sent to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Tuesday. The previous proposal had been rejected by the commission because it wouldn't have affected all customers equally and would have overburdened regulators.
Public Service Company of New Mexico submitted a new rate case agreement Tuesday to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, after two hearing examiners for the commission rejected an earlier proposal, saying it wouldn’t affect all customers equally and that its complexity would have overburdened regulators.
May 22, 1917: Fifty convicts from the state penitentiary, most of them jubilant at the chance at active out-of-doors work and many glad moreover to have a hand in something which they feel will aid the state and nation, are now at work planting beans and corn to help increase New Mexico’s agriculture production.
May 22, 1967: The New Mexico State Highway Department anticipates, in the near future, the beginning of construction projects in the vicinity of Santa Fe.
A headline for a story on Page A-1 published Saturday, May 13, 2017, about a pending case before the Public Regulation Commission incorrectly stated that state regulators had denied Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request to increase rates. Hearing officers for the commission rejected an agreement reached between the company and other parties within the rate case. The case itself is ongoing.
New headline: Hearing examiners question fairness of PNM’s request for a rate increase
New Mexico regulators have rejected an agreement between the Public Service Company of New Mexico and a number of other parties, including the state attorney general, that would have allowed the electric utility to increase customers’ bills an average of about 7 percent by 2019.
May 12, 1917: Editor New Mexican: Dear Sir — Now that you are putting so much in the paper about children making gardens, will you please put an item in that the neighbors should not let their chickens come into the garden and scratch the seeds out, for one of our neighbors says I must keep the chickens out if I don’t want them to scratch in my garden. yours truly, Joan Woolworth. 122 Don Diego Ave. Age 10 years.
Two hearing officers for the state Public Regulation Commission have ruled against the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request to keep secret the amount of legal fees it is paying outside lawyers in its case before the PRC to increase rates.
It was just the latest attempt by the state’s largest public utility to classify certain information as trade secrets. PNM has previously tried to keep coal-supply contracts and other documents confidential — sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
Average residential electricity bills would go up by a little more than 7 percent over the next two years if state regulators approve an agreement that Public Service Company of New Mexico reached Friday with the New Mexico attorney general and other parties to a pending rate case.
Seven business and environmental stakeholders were part of the deal, which requires approval from the state Public Regulation Commission.