Yet far from the sensationalist media circus, defining issues of race and class, human and civil rights, police militarization and constitutional guarantees, corporate and civic power, and the fossil fuel economy and climate change, are all being played out on a little patch of land in North Dakota called Standing Rock.
Senator Joseph Cervantes is sponsoring legislation in the 2017 NM legislative session to promote greater efficiency and openness in how we New Mexicans have our energy needs met. In a nutshell, Senate bill 360 requires investor-owner utilities (IOUs) like Public Service Company of New Mexico to obtain competitive market bids through a request for proposal process when they seek to add new generation capacity, and mandates the bidding process is analyzed and overseen by an independent party. This new process is designed to be transparent, fair and indeed comprehensible to both the public and regulators alike.
Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Competitive bidding is a staple of the American economy. State law already requires utilities like PNM to select the least-cost solutions to energy problems with a clear preference for more environmentally friendly solutions, so there is already some comparison shopping in the process. A number of states, including Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma, have enacted similar laws, and the proposed legislation is in line with industry standards. Overall, the proposed process exemplifies what we want when we talk about good governance: it’s open, unbiased and mindful of the public good.
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY Resolution No. 2016- Standing Rock Support SPONSOR(S): Mayor Gonzales and Councilors Lindell and Villarreal SUMMARY: The proposed resolution supports the peaceful protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline to protect treaty rights, sovereignty and natural resources and applaudes the administration's decision to reroute the project and conduct a full environmental impact statement. PREPARED BY: Rebecca Seligman, Legislative Liaison Assistant FISCAL IMP ACT: No DATE: December 7, 2016 ·ATTACHMENTS: Resolution
City of SF - Resolution in Support of Standing Rock
And the winners are ....
The city of Santa Fe today announced the winners of the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards.
“These Santa Fe businesses, non-profits, leaders and city employees are doing the kind of hard work that will move the needle on lowering our carbon footprint and preparing us for the negative impacts of climate change,” Mayor Javier Gonzales said in a statement. “Congratulations to all of them, and a big thank you for their continued dedication.”
Reports that crews are bulldozing sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux, and that security guards for the company building a $3.8 billion pipeline in North Dakota attacked American Indian demonstrators with dogs and pepper spray, spread rapidly through Indian Country last weekend. The Sioux protest is drawing strong support in New Mexico, where more than two dozen organizations have signed a letter to the president and the state’s congressional delegation supporting the tribe’s resistance and its lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the pipeline along the proposed route.Read more
The buzz surrounding the proposed Facebook data center in Los Lunas has mostly centered on the potential economic impact of bringing the social media giant to New Mexico. But some say an equally exciting aspect of the project is the “green rider” contained in a contract between Facebook and the state’s largest utility. “It’s a good, balanced model for how other companies could come into this state and have all their energy needs provided by renewables,” said Steve Michel, attorney for Western Resource Advocates, an intervening party when the contract was before state regulators.Read more
I am a local actor, playwright and film curator who is concerned about the future of my community and the world at large. In December 2015, the Public Regulation Commission approved the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request for more coal and nuclear. Fortunately, New Energy Economy is appealing that unsupported decision in the New Mexico Supreme Court. PNM has doubled down and invested in even more coal and more nuclear in this pending rate case.
Watching the Republican and Democratic conventions last month, it was easy to conclude that the two parties come from different planets.
But, every so often, we get a glimpse of bipartisan agreement that reminds us of our common values and the potential for working together to solve problems. One such glimpse came this past year when three of the nation’s leading Republican pollsters released a study demonstrating a clear but underappreciated fact: Conservatives strongly support clean energy.Read more
Public Service Company of New Mexico’s plans to power a proposed Los Lunas Facebook center gets its first public airing at a hearing before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Tuesday. Meanwhile, concerns are being raised in Utah, where Facebook is considering a competing site, about how much water the data center would use. Facebook is considering both Los Lunas, N.M, and West Jordan, Utah for the site of a new $250 million data center.Read more
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Six parties have filed motions to intervene in the case involving a proposed Facebook data center in Los Lunas, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission documents show. The parties that have filed motions to intervene are Western Resource Advocates, New Energy Economy, New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, the Renewable Energy Industries Association of New Mexico, the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, and the city of Albuquerque. All appear to support PNM’s proposal. If granted intervening party status by the PRC, the organizations will be allowed to make arguments in the case, among other things.Read more