Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Control

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:Last week, the state Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve the utility company’s renewable energy portfolio plan, which include procuring solar, wind and geothermal power. The plan is aimed at meeting the goal of relying on renewable energy for 20 percent of the total energy mix in New Mexico.The solar and geothermal power purchases were contested by some, and a hearing examiner for the commission said the utility should not be allowed to move forward with the investments because it had failed to show they were the most cost-effective options. PNM’s costs ultimately show up in customers’ bills.New Energy Economy, a longtime opponent of PNM, filed a motion asking the commission to “rehear and reverse the findings and conclusions” associated with PNM’s solar plan, which outlines investing in a 50-megawatt facility built by Affordable Solar.Mariel Nanasi, director of the group, wrote the commission had ignored and distorted evidence and applicable law when it decided to allow PNM to move forward with the plan.She said Affordable Solar received a significantly better deal to build a solar-powered center for Facebook last year from PNM. Solar prices have declined, she said, yet the renewable portfolio plan will cost ratepayers in New Mexico a higher fee per megawatt hour than Facebook.This is “not the most cost effective among feasible alternatives,” Nanasi said.PNM has said the plan will provide crucial energy benefits to New Mexico. Earlier this week, Moody’s Investor Service released a statement finding that the plan’s approval is “credit positive.”“The New Mexico regulatory environment historically has been inconsistent and unpredictable,” Moody’s wrote. “And the possibility of litigating the case remains.”More: Environmentalists ask PRC to reverse approval of PNM’s solar plan Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Controllast_img read more

Survey: Diagnoses Of Cancer, Asthma, Diabetes Rising

first_imgCINCINNATI, Oh. — Numbers of Tri-State residents who have ever been told they have asthma, diabetes, and cancer are rising, according to a newly released Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey.Reported diagnoses of asthma rose 15 to 17 percent, diabetes increased from 11 to 13 percent, and cancer went up from 6 to 8 percent since the last survey in 2010.In Southeast Indiana, results were similar and showed little change since the last survey.“Having a chronic illness can be a heavy burden for an individual and a household,” says Francie Wolgin, Senior Program Officer, Protecting the Healthcare Safety Net, for Interact for Health. Interact for Health sponsors the CHSS. “This toll may be physical, emotional and financial, affecting many aspects of a person’s life.”Other slight increases were seen in rates of depression, severe allergies, and chronic lung disease. On the other hand, the rate of people being told they had high cholesterol/triglycerides continued a downward trend, from 29 percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2013.last_img read more