Why Not Just Pay Yourself?

A new PNM rate case should include more DG solar. Decentralizing the grid will stabilize the energy demand while providing good jobs for New Mexicans through the installation of solar. Encouraging customers to add solar to their properties will stimulate the economy. Solar DG is a great investment. Instead of paying PNM for your electricity, why not just pay yourself? Call a REIA member today to find out how.

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It’s not over yet! The Special Session and The Solar Market Development Tax Credit extension

If the NM Legislature goes into a Special Session, the Solar Market Development Tax Credit extension can be included in the tax package that is developed. If it is included, the Governor would sign off on the agreed-upon tax package and our bill would therefore be passed. The decision to do the Special Session is happening right now. There’s a lot of talk that it’s not going to happen BUT if it doesn’t, the capital outlay bill won’t pass (in addition to the tax package) and the political price for that will be steep. Now’s the time to act; we can move the dial. Call the legislators listed below and tell them: “I live and work in your district. If the special session happens, I’d like the Solar Market Development Tax Credit extension to be included in the tax package. This is very important to me because….” If you are not in these districts, please contact people who are, so they can call and also tell other people in their district to call. Thanks, Claudia Pavel REIA Board Member Representative Nate Gentry – R District 30 Bernalillo 505 508-0782 (ofc) natefornm@gmail.com Representative Don Tripp – R District 49 Catron, Socorro, Valencia 575 835-2465 (ofc) trippsdon@netscape.net speaker@nmlegis.gov Senator John Arthur Smith – D District 35 Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Sierra 575 546-4979 (ofc) john.smith@nmlegis.gov Mary Kay Papen – D District 38 Dona Ana home: 575 524-4462 marykay.papen@nmlegis.gov

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A Good Day for Solar in New Mexico

On May 13th, the PRC dismissed PNM’s entire rate filing and approved the hearing examiners’s initial recommendation. As a result, PNM has been asked to refile their rate case. The vote was 4-1 (Lyons). PNM failed to provide sufficient evidence to support their request for a rate increase. In particular to the case, REIA opposed the solar fee, a fee proposed to recover “interconnection” costs that solar customers add to the grid when they install solar. We’re pleased that the PRC agrees that the case lacked sufficient proof. In other states, solar has been shown to be a net benefit to rate payers and solar fees have slowed down installations (in the case of SRP in Arizona) by 96%. REIA will continue to work to make sure the access fee and any changes to net metering will not be part of the next rate case. Please like and share the good day for solar news! ‪#‎SavesolarNM‬​

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