Tag Archives: New Mexico Supreme Court

The Line: Supreme Court Rules on PRC Authority and Energy Transition Act

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October 11, 2019 – The New Mexico Supreme Court this week weighed in on a power struggle over the state’s energy future. The Energy Transition Act was approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Lujan Grisham earlier this year. It paves the way for utility company, PNM, to recover the costs of shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating station in the Four Corners. It also sets out aggressive renewable energy standards, but does all of this outside of the state regulators that are the PRC Commissioners. The Supreme Court ruling this week reaffirmed the PRC’s authority in this case, paving the way for more potential conflicts and confusion. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at the court’s decision and how it may affect the state’s plans moving forward.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former NM state representative
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Andy Lyman, reporter, NM political report
Sophie Martin, attorney

For Further Reading:

The PRC is Back in ChargeThe Santa Fe Reporter

Court Leaves Regulators to Hash Out Coal Plant Closure – U.S. News and World Report

Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of ETANM Political Report

The Line: Remembering Judge Charles Daniels

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September 6, 2019 – Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels passed away recently. A “titan of the law,” according to current Chief Justice Judith Nakamura, he may be remembered as much for his bass guitar playing and race car driving as for his impact on the legal profession in this state. Daniels notably worked on the bail reform amendment. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel reflect on his legacy.

Line Panelists:
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Dede Feldman, former state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
Charles Daniels dies – ‘Our state has lost a titan of the law’ – Albuquerque Journal

Former New Mexico chief justice helped reform bail system – Santa Fe New Mexican