Morning Word: Power Plan Vote Set
PRC commissioners will decide PNM case Dec. 6Morning WordTuesday, December 1, 2015
Public Regulation commissioners plan to vote on the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s power replacement plan on Dec. 16.
The case centers on a plan by Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, to retire two units at the aging coal-fired generating station by the end of 2017 so the plant complies with federal regulations intended to reduce haze in the region. The lost power would be replaced by power from another of the plant's coal-fired units, from the Arizona-based Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and from additional natural gas- and solar sources. The plan was developed as a compromise after utility officials said complying with federal Clean Air Act regulations would be too expensive and result in the plant's closure.Lofty Goals
A new law aimed at modernizing commercial space regulations is being well received and could create even more competitiveness at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.
A bill being proposed by lawmakers could make it easier to follow the money by mandating that independent groups report their political advertising expenditures of $3,000 or more to the secretary of state’s office within 24 hours, if they’re made two weeks before a primary or general election.
It could cost millions to process the complete backlog of rape test kits in New Mexico over the next three years, according to Department of Public Safety officials.
DPS Secretary Greg Fouratt also told lawmakers New Mexico’s crime rate is still one of the highest in the nation.
The numbers may be decreasing, but sadly, the state continues to have too many young people dying from opioid overdose deaths.
Trust for America’s Health, reported on by Governing, found that 12.5 out of every 100,000 New Mexicans from ages 12 to 25 overdosed in 2011 to 2013. That was an increase from 6.1 out of every 100,000 from 1999 to 2003.
Montana may have the worst drivers in the nation, but New Mexicans are right behind, according to this new report.
Some Good News
At least we can all look forward to a parade for UFC champ Holly Holm on Sunday.
Other good news: Cassy, a pet tortoise, is back home after being stolen this weekend in Albuquerque.
Paper Gets New Owner
Veteran journalist Ellen Miller Goins has purchased the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle from the parent company of the Taos News and Santa Fe New Mexican.