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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.”
Tribal officials told a congressional panel meeting in Santa Fe on Tuesday that they want more autonomy from the federal government and that their communities are unjustly burdened by red tape that prevents energy development on Native lands. Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, joined by Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., and a panel of expert witnesses, said the policies of the Obama administration and Interior Department are stalling energy development for tribes. They said the administration has failed to understand the needs of tribal communities on the ground and is helping to perpetuate poverty as a result.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
Public Service Company of New Mexico on Monday refused an offer by state regulators to reopen hearings in a controversial rate case on the grounds that it has already submitted sufficient information to regulators and that extending the case further would harm the company financially. “Because PNM has not had an increase in its rates since July 2011, it is important to mitigate its revenue deficiency as soon as possible through a final resolution of all of the rate issues pending before the Commission,” PNM’s regulatory filing reads. Last week, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously approved an order to reopen hearings if PNM agreed to certain conditions, giving the utility the chance to provide cost-benefit analysis a hearing examiner said was lacking from its rate request.Read more
Public Service Company of New Mexico has filed a formal objection to a state hearing examiner’s recommendation in an increasingly contentious utility rate case. PNM declined to comment for this story. But in a document filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Wednesday, PNM said hearing examiner Carolyn Glick ignored “facts, law, and commission precedent” in her decision to exclude several nuclear power transactions from PNM’s rate base, as well as an investment in air pollution controls at the coal-powered San Juan Generating Station that some called excessive.Read more
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
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A state hearing examiner on Thursday recommended cutting a rate increase sought by Public Service Company of New Mexico by about two-thirds – slashing the electric utility’s request from $123.5 million a year to $41.3 million. Should the commission approve hearing examiner Carolyn Glick’s recommendation, the average customer across PNM’s system would see an increase of about 6.4 percent, according to the recommended decision. A typical residential customer in Albuquerque or Santa Fe would likely see an increase of 7.24 percent. PNM’s request would have translated into an increase of 14.4 percent for the average customer across the system.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