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Top Stories of 2019: #3 and #2 | The Line

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January 3, 2020 – Gene Grant and NMiF’s all-journalist Line panel keep reeling off discussions about 2019’s top stories. The year’s third most talked-about story is the passage of the Energy Transition Act. Designed to save PNM stockholders from bearing the cost of shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, the law passes the costs on to ratepayers. But it also forces PNM into a 100 percent renewable energy generation in the next 25 years. Meanwhile, the Public Regulation Commission is still at odds with the Legislature over the power play, and the Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the question of whether the PRC can still regulate the power plant’s shutdown. The year’s second biggest story could easily have been the first. After a judge ordered New Mexico to come up with a sufficient way to fund education for lower income students, Native, English language learners and others, lawmakers scrambled to inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s K-12 school budget. Despite increasing teacher pay and changing how schools consider educating diverse populations, plaintiffs in the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit say New Mexico needs to do far more.

Line Panelists:
Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

For More Information:
State Lawmakers Revisit Landmark Energy ActAssociated Press

Legislators Work to Craft Policy Response to Education LawsuitNM in Depth

Plaintiffs Say Solution Still Shortchanges SchoolsNM in Depth

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