The state Public Regulation Commission (PRC) recently rejected PNM’s request for a rate hike and new fees for residential solar customers. However, the state’s largest utility is expected to re-file a rate request. The PRC is also considering a rate increase request from El Paso Electric, which serves customers in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico. The PRC delayed a decision this week on the future of the San Juan Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. PNM is seeking to shut down two of the four units at the plant to bring the facility into compliance with federal haze regulations.
NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sat down this week with a representative from PNM, the solar industry and a grassroots organizing group to talk about the cost of energy and how we might plan for future energy needs in New Mexico.
On the next New Mexico in Focus, we look at the cost of energy. The state Public Regulation Commission (PRC) recently rejected PNM’s request for a rate hike and new fees for residential solar customers. However, the state’s largest utility is expected to re-file the request later this summer. What would higher rates mean for customers, especially low-income families? How might new fees impact solar customers? Join us as we bring in different perspectives on the cost of energy, both now and in the future.
Also this week, we learn about the history and philosophy behind the Albuquerque Folk Festival. People of all ages and abilities turn out each year to learn music, dance and other crafts from local musicians and artists.
Teacher evaluations have been a controversial topic in New Mexico this year. Host Gene Grant and the line opinion panelists debate a profile of one teacher’s evaluation in the Albuquerque Journal. The panelists also discuss the news that the state denied a courts request for emergency funds and they share their thoughts on upcoming political events related to the 2016 presidential election.
The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.