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

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, February 16, 2016•1:42 a.m. Officers investigated operating a motor vehicle without insurance and defective headlamps in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:45 a.m. Steven M. Roberts, 32, Aurora, Mo. was arrested, charged and bonded with operating a motor vehicle without insurance and defective headlamps.•8:09 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, defective muffler and expired vehicle registration in the 500 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:22 a.m. Anthony P. Altis, 22, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, defective muffler and expired vehicle registration.•11:20 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1700 block N. H, Wellington which occurred Feb. 15, 2016.•4:44 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•8:44 p.m. Lindsey R. Stone, 30, Lyons, was issued a notice to appear for driver’s license violation and defective headlight.•9 p.m. Herbert O. Barnes, 65, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to signal.•9:45 p.m. Tanya J. Hammond, 51, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.last_img read more