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Kevin Robinson-Avila on the Energy Transition Act

rural co-ops

November 15, 2019 – The Energy Transition Act signed into law this year by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham requires all local utilities to get half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. That’s prompting a shakeup among rural electric cooperatives, which serve more than 200,000 people in New Mexico, and with the wholesale supplier where cooperatives buy their power. Kit Carson Electric Cooperative chose to pay a hefty exit fee to get out of its agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in 2016. That has encouraged other rural co-ops in Colorado to consider that option. Breaking away from Tri-State gives them more freedom to buy more renewable energy, which could provide cleaner, lower-cost electricity for their customers.

Also in the mix is a change in how Tri-State will be regulated. The wholesale provider will now be under federal regulation since it added its first non-cooperative member this year. That eliminates much of the oversight of this provider by state regulators, who otherwise might intervene if there is a push to raise rates on consumers. Albuquerque Journal reporter Kevin Robinson-Avila talks with NMIF correspondent Megan Kamerick about what this change could mean for New Mexicans.

Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal business reporter


For Further Reading:

Changing Energy Landscape Shakes Up Rural Co-opsAlbuquerque Journal

Socorro, Others Battle for Control of Electric SystemsAlbuquerque Journal

Tri-State Moves to Federal RegulationAlbuquerque Journal

Kit Carson Carves Out New Path for RenewablesAlbuquerque Journal

Guzman Takes On Tri-StateAlbuquerque Journal

Lawsuit Challenges Energy Transition ActSanta Fe Reporter

Lujan Grisham Signs Landmark Clean Energy BillSanta Fe New Mexican



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

1315 line ETZ Court Ruling

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