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Competing For The Facebook Data Center

Aug 19, 2016
Bob Mical / Creative Commons via Flickr

Facebook is going to have to choose where to put its new data center: New Mexico or Utah.

The social media company stores its users’ uploads, mostly millions and millions of photos, on servers. Communities want these data centers because they inject cash back into the hosting community. 

Local Impact Of Clean Power Plan Not Cut And Dry

Aug 5, 2015
Rita Daniels

The Obama Administration released details this week on the Clean Power Plan which calls for power plants across the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

SCOTUS Emission Ruling Will Not Affect NM Plant

Jun 30, 2015
via Engaging Peace / Creative Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week on a law limiting mercury and other emissions from power plants will not affect a coal-fired plant in northwestern New Mexico.

PRC Delays Decision On PNM's Coal-Heavy Plan

May 27, 2015
Rita Daniels

People are going to have to wait to find out whether or not New Mexico’s largest utility will be allowed to continue investing heavily in coal power. Regulators decided to delay their decision on PNM’s power replacement plan Wednesday.

Public Regulation Commission Delays Decision On PNM Plan

May 26, 2015
Brainwise via Flickr

UPDATE 12:00p: New Mexico Regulators Delay Decision On Power Plant - Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

New Mexico regulators are giving Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, delaying a decision on whether to approve a plan to close part of the San Juan Generating Station.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 during its meeting Wednesday.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/28 8a:  

We all need electricity. But what's a fair price for the energy that powers our homes and businesses?

We want to hear what you think about energy prices. Could your family afford an increase in your electricity bill? Would you be willing to pay more if you knew the power was coming from alternative sources like wind and solar?  

Join our conversation about the cost of energy. Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments below or call in live during the show. 

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PNM Rate Hike Rejected

May 13, 2015
fallsroad via Flickr

The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to reject PNM’s application to raise rates by 16 percent for residential users.

Protesters: Embrace Renewables PNM!

May 12, 2015
Rita Daniels

Hundreds of clean energy advocates marched in front of PNM headquarters on Tuesday during the utility’s annual shareholders meeting. The crowd called for New Mexico’s largest electricity provider to rethink its energy portfolio and continued investment in fossil fuels.

Leszek Teterycz wants PNM to replace all of the power that will be lost when two coal units are shuttered at the San Juan Generating Station with energy harnessed from the sun.

PNM Wants Plan Approval Despite Missed Deadline

May 4, 2015
Will Thomas

New Mexico’s largest utility company promised to have a completed coal-supply agreement for their power plant in place by last Friday but PNM missed its own deadline.

The coal-supply agreement for the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico is one of the linchpins for the plant’s future energy production. The utility wants to shut down two units there and replace that power with nuclear, natural gas, some solar and more coal.

PNM To Appeal Rate Hike Rejection

Apr 20, 2015
fallsroad via Flickr

 

New Mexico’s largest electric utility plans to appeal a Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner’s decision to reject a rate hike proposal

Public Service Company of New Mexico has two weeks to file objections with the PRC after their request to increase rates by more than $ 100 million was dismissed on Friday.

More Comment Sought On PNM Energy Plan

Mar 19, 2015
Sierra Club

    

The Public Regulation Commission is continuing to seek input on PNM’s energy replacement plan. More than 200 people showed up to a meeting in Albuquerque Wednesday night.

Commissioner Valerie Espinoza took a moment during public testimony to say she had received almost 100 written comments opposing PNM’s plan from her constituents in Taos and Las Vegas.

PRC To Take More Comment On Energy Plan

Mar 17, 2015
Wild Earth Guardians

The Public Regulation Commission held weeks of public hearings earlier this year on PNM’s plan to shut down two coal-fired units at the San Juan Generating Station. But this week people in Albuquerque will have one more chance to weigh in.

PRC Chair Karen Montoya said she received requests from her Albuquerque constituents who want their opinions taken into consideration.

“Things could possibly change a lot,” Montoya said. “Depending on what they [at PNM] bring on, it will effect a change in the mix.”

Bill Limiting Renewable Standards Heads To Senate

Mar 13, 2015
Scott via flickr

A bill passed in the House Thursday night that would ease renewable energy requirements for Public Service Company of New Mexico, El Paso Electric and Southwestern Public Service.

The bill passed by a slim margin, one vote to be exact.

Lawmakers Propose Roll Back On Renewable Energy

Feb 27, 2015
Ted of DGAR via comp fight

Legislation to drop the 20 percent renewable requirement for public electric utilities is making its way through committees at the Roundhouse. Current law requires that 20 percent of a public utility’s energy come from wind, solar or geothermal by the end of 2020.

The state’s largest utility, PNM, declined to comment on the House bill, saying only that they believe this is a decision for lawmakers.

PNM's Energy Future At A Crossroads

Jan 30, 2015
Rita Daniels

New Mexico’s largest utility company has a plan to use fossil fuels and nuclear power for the next 20 years. But opponents of the plan want to see the utility shift to wind and solar.

Two coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station will be shuttered in 2017 in order to reduce emissions.

PNM, which provides power to half a million people in New Mexico, wants to use a mixture of coal, nuclear and natural gas energy, plus a little bit of solar energy to make up for the loss.

PNM Lost Partners, Stands By Energy Replacement Plan

Jan 21, 2015
Sierra Club

Two groups have withdrawn their support for PNM’s energy replacement plan but the utility insists their proposal is still the best choice for New Mexico.

PNM proposed adding more coal, nuclear, and natural gas energy and less than 5 percent in solar to make up for the loss when two coal-burning units are shut down at the San Juan Generating Station.

Hearings On PNM's Energy Future Extended

Jan 16, 2015
Rita Daniels

New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission heard testimony for the 10th day on Friday about how the state’s largest utility wants to move forward. Two of the coal-burning units at the San Juan Generating Station are going to be shut down. Now the PRC hearings will be extended.

Hearing Begins On PNM's Energy Replacement Plan

Jan 5, 2015
Rita Daniels

 

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly addressed New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission Monday on the first day of two weeks of hearings on PNM's energy replacement plan.

Shelly told commissioners he supports PNM’s plan for replacing energy that will be lost when two coal-fired stacks at the San Juan Generating Station are shut down. He said the plan would ensure good jobs for tribal members. 

Courtesy San Juan's Citizen Alliance

 

The Public Regulation Commission is about to kick off hearings on how PNM, New Mexico’s largest energy utility, is going to replace the energy that will be lost when half of the coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station get shut down in 2017.  

The utility is proposing increasing their shares of coal in the remaining stacks at the San Juan Generating Station, and to add a heavy helping of nuclear energy imported from Arizona, a lot of natural gas and a wee little smidgen of solar. Four percent to be exact.

Electric Use Down, Rates May Climb

Sep 2, 2014
this lucid moment via flickr

 

New Mexico's largest electric utility wants another rate increase.  Public Service Company of New Mexico's earning are down as customers conserve more.

Advocates: Renewable Energy Saves Water

Jun 25, 2014
Sierra Club and 350 New Mexico

A group of environmentalists unveiled a plan today that would call for the state’s largest electric utility to increase their renewable energy portfolio.  This alternative to PNM’s plan would also drastically reduce water usage in a time of severe drought.