Tag Archives: Public Regulation Commission

The Line: Moving Away From Coal

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September 13, 2019 – What does life after coal look like in New Mexico? That’s the question many people are struggling with after the passing of the Energy Transition Act during last year’s legislative session. The legislation sets a goal of being 100% reliant on carbon-free electricity sources by the year 2045. The state’s largest power company, PNM, is on board with the plan, and now claims it can beat that goal by five years. Under the plan, PNM is also eligible to recoup all its costs for shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in 2022. That’s where the struggle begins, as Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Jens Erik Gould recently investigated. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists explore some of the aspects of the state’s efforts are creating confusion, some dissent, and even a state Supreme Court argument.

Line Panelists:
Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:
New Mexico’s ‘Mini’ Green New Deal, DissectedHigh Country News

As Plant Faces Closure, New Mexico City Weighs Bet on Clean Coal TechnologyElemental

PNM Gives a Peek at its Future Albuquerque Business First

New Mexico’s Energy ProfileU.S. Energy Information Administration

The Line: Rethinking the Public Regulation Commission

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August 16, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look at the possibility of reshaping New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission, currently an elected body that regulates utilities, telecommunications, and motor carrier industries. The governor and other state leaders are eager to narrow the commission’s scope and redefine how commissioners earn their seats.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

PRC may face major changes within year – Albuquerque Journal 

Anger at public utility regulators’ decisions, inaction fuels move to reform board Santa Fe New Mexican

Rethink the PRC – Think New Mexico