El Paso Electric Latest to Try to Punish Solar Users

By Ken and Christine Newtson, Southern New Mexico Group

On May 11, El Paso Electric (EPE), which serves Southern New Mexico and the El Paso area, filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for an increase in electric rates of 7.1 percent of non-fuel-based rates. These proposed rates will result in a 9 percent increase, on average, to Southern New Mexico total residential bills.

As EPE last filed for a non-fuel-based rate increase in New Mexico in 2009, an appropriate rate increase is reasonable.

Solar Summer Activities

In the face of PNM’s plans to replace coal at San Juan with more coal and nuclear and a rate case that punishes rooftop solar owners, we are set to launch SOLAR SUMMER. This will be a summer of activities that will help you help others go solar as an act of energy independence. Going solar says to PNM and to our state government, global climate change is upon us and requires our action. Morality requires us to move into the new energy future and ensure a safe planet for our kids and grand kids. Our utilities are facing a Kodak moment.

Hearing examiner gives PNM's San Juan coal plan thumbs-down

ALBUQUERQUE – PNM’s plan to double down on burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station faces a new hurdle after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended that the commission reject PNM’s request to increase its share of coal at the plant's Unit 4.

Chaco Coalition challenges BLM

By Teresa Seamster
March 11, 2015, was 108 years to the day that President Theodore Roosevelt declared Chaco Canyon to be a historical monument in 1907. The threat to Chaco in that time was the looting of archaeological treasures and sacred artifacts. Today, it is ramped up oil and gas development, especially fracking and contaminated water supply.

Facts on the future of coal-fired San Juan Generating Station

For decades, PNM’s San Juan Generating Station – a coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico – has threatened our air, land, and water with toxic pollution. From soot and smog to arsenic and mercury, the harmful pollution from the plant has endangered the health and well-being of families throughout the Four Corners region. Today, our state and public officials face a choice: prolong the life of one of our region’s greatest public health threats or take this opportunity to transition to clean renewable energy.

PNM’s Plans To Burn More Coal

TABLED: Bill gutting Renewable Energy Act dies in Senate

On Tuesday, March 17, the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-2 to table HB 445, which sought to eliminate New Mexico's requirement for 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Tabling HB 445, sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott (R-Lea), means it is most likely dead for this session. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 33-32 last week. Had it passed the Senate, it almost surely would have been signed by the governor into law.

Heinrich Makes Speech In Opposition To Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor in opposition to legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Watch his speech here.

NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

oil driller with off-gas

New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions.

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