Juntos New Mexico is a program of our sister organization Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF). Learn more about Juntos and CVNMEF at www.CVNMEF.org.
This past week has been an exciting one for Juntos and for New Mexico as groups continue to put pressure on our Public Regulation 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 since the last mass turn in of 6,000 petition 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.
By Vicente Garica, director of Juntos New Mexico. Keep up with their work engaging the Latino community in the fight for a clean energy future for New Mexico by liking Juntos on Facebook.