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
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