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Future of New Mexico Energy: Update on the PRC hearings

14 Jan 2015  |   Vicente Garcia

Tags: Clean Energy, Latinos, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Clean Air

This past week has been an exciting one for Juntos and for New Mexico as groups continue to put pressure on our Public Regulations Commission to vote down the current dirty energy proposal being put forth by PNM, our state’s largest utility. The PRC hearing, slated to go until Friday of this week, started last Monday with a large rally attended by Juntos members as well as over 300 people and 34 organizations from across New Mexico. These groups represented a variety of communities and interests from: indigenous peoples, to faith leaders, and business executives who understand the huge economic opportunity of renewables. The sheer size and pressure being placed on this case is a true testament to our states desire for clean, affordable, and renewable energy that will ensure a healthy future for generations of New Mexicans to come.

Juntos returned to the hearings last Friday, January 9th to give official public testimony and to deliver over 3,000 signatures gathered by Juntos and allied groups. That’s in addition to the 6,000 petitions from concerned New Mexicans like you that we had already delivered to the PRC in September of 2014! As this issue gains more and more buzz, all eyes are on the PRC and PNM right now. With commissioners refusing to recuse themselves due to conflicts of interest and recent discoveries that PNM has padded its capital investments at the San Juan Station to earn more profits, this case is drawing attention large media attention within the state and nationally in the New York Times. Are you part of the growing movement of Latinos who demand more clean energy? Sign our petition to the PRC to reject PNM’s dirty energy plan:

Vicente Garcia is the director of Juntos, a program of Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund and supported by League of Conservation Voters.

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