IRP Public Comment Letter

Dear Commissioners, 

I am writing to express my concern regarding the Public Service Company of New Mexico's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). As a ratepayer and resident of New Mexico, I do not support their plan and submit my signature below as public comment against it.

While they've included closure dates for the San Juan Coal Plant (2022) and the Four Corners Coal Plant (2031), the energy supplies they plan on bringing on board to replace the lost capacity are not the least costly options and have serious health, environmental, and financial cost and liabilities.

PNM continues to prioritize capital-expensive investments like natural gas and nuclear despite their cost for ratepayers, public health, and our water, soil, and air quality. For example, their IRP includes the development of 3 new gas plants. Meanwhile, our neighbor state, Arizona, has placed a moratorium on new gas plants given their relative expense compared to renewables plus storage. The Arizona Corporation Commission has denied its investor-owned utilities' IRPs requiring Arizona's Energy Modernization Plan that revolves around these main topics, "clean energy, energy storage, energy efficiency and energy planning". Their stated guiding principles include, "resiliency, affordability and reliability, innovation, economic development and resource diversity."

PNM's IRP does not provide the Commission nor the public with accurate information about the Most Cost Effective Portfolio.

Experts have show that PNM's computer models have:

  1. Artificially limited the amount of wind and solar possible - setting a cap on the megawatts the software could choose!
  2. Artificially inflated the cost of solar and wind well beyond today's market prices and the bids they themselves have received. They also escalated the price of renewables over time when the reality is that solar, wind, and storage prices are steadily declining!
  3. Artificially constrained battery storage!

Please, consider our health, environment, and New Mexicans' financial well-being. 

Reject the IRP and require a fair and transparent comparison of renewable energy and storage alternatives.

 

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Who's signing

Marianne Murray
William Michel
Kathryn Toll
S. Queen
Dana Middleton
Ricky Adams
Ekaterina Adams
Gabrielle Ontiveros
Todd Nixon
Leah Cantor
Crawford MacCallum
Michael Lawler
Anne Widmark
Nancy Woodward
Dianne Maughan
Joseph Bunker
Susan Wilson
Kathy Dahlman
Patricia Michaels
Nancy Gilkyson
Sue Benedict
Charles Rudolph
Carol Nelson
Joseph Bigley
lem powers
Richard Cronin
Whitney Nieman
Martha Burt
Irene Wachtel
Sandra Shoshani
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  • Marianne Murray
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  • William Michel
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  • Kathryn Toll
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  • S. Queen
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  • Dana Middleton
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  • Ricky Adams
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  • Ekaterina Adams
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  • Gabrielle Ontiveros
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  • Todd Nixon
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  • Leah Cantor
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  • Crawford MacCallum
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  • Michael Lawler
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  • Anne Widmark
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  • Nancy Woodward
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  • Dianne Maughan
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  • Joseph Bunker
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  • Patricia Michaels
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  • Nancy Gilkyson
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  • Sue Benedict
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  • Charles Rudolph
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  • Carol Nelson
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  • Joseph Bigley
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  • lem powers
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  • Richard Cronin
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  • Whitney Nieman
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  • Martha Burt
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