To depose or not depose, that is the question

One of the sub skirmishes of the bigger battle over the fate of the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington is the advocacy group New Energy Economy's efforts to depose top officials of Public Service Company of New Mexico over various aspects of PNM's plans for the aging coal-burning power plant.

Yesterday the hearing officer in the case, which is before the Public Regulation Commission, ruled that PNM president and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn and PNM's chief financial officer Charles Eldred should appear for scheduled depositions by New Energy so they can be questioned on various topics. 

One of the sub skirmishes of the bigger battle over the fate of the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington is the advocacy group New Energy Economy's efforts to depose top officials of Public Service Company of New Mexico over various aspects of PNM's plans for the aging coal-burning power plant.

Yesterday the hearing officer in the case, which is before the Public Regulation Commission, ruled that PNM president and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn and PNM's chief financial officer Charles Eldred should appear for scheduled depositions by New Energy so they can be questioned on various topics. 

Hearing officer Ashley Schannauer approved most of the lines of questioning requested by New Energy, including any contacts with commissioners or staff and their interactions with New York stock analyst Anthony Crowdell, who met with two public regulation commissioners earlier this year. 

So the PNM honchos have to answer question at their scheduled depositions -- Friday and next Tuesday-- and that's that, right?

Nope.

PNM today filed a "notice of non-appearance" for the depositions and an 18-page motion to reconsider yesterday's order from Schannauer. If the hearing officer doesn't want to reconsider , PNM is asking to take the matter to the PRC itself.

Like I said, this is just one part of the overall San Juan case.

Read the article here.

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