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Anna Lands

Since NM does not have enough power available, according to the justification for the merger, the proposed SunZia transmission lines 'needed' by Pattern to move energy from NM windfields to CA are not needed. Energy produced in NM should be kept in NM. The proposed transmission lines would bisect and parallel the two major migration corridors in the SW: the Rio Grande and the San Pedro (AZ).

Roxanne Barber

It’s terribly disappointing to see The New Mexican support this merger. You often get it right but this time you are way off. This merger will damage the people and environment of our state for decades to come if it is approved. It’s sad to see The New Mexican come down on the wrong side of social, economic, and environmental justice. Shame on you.

Stuart Feen

First, who is or are the person or persons behind this thing called “Our View” and his, her, or their relationship to PNM, Avangrid, Iberdola, the PRC, various PNM executives, and various local and state attorneys and politicians who seem to have a personal financial interest in this merger?

PNM, Avangrid, Iberdola, and the PRC have well documented histories of corruption and lies. A hit piece against New Energy Economy like this “Our View” without attribution as to authorship is just a fascist ploy and clear indication of the total corruption behind this deal.

Throughout its history and under various ownerships the New Mexican has periodically espoused views based upon ignorance, racism, white supremacy, self interest, politics, and etc. I suspect that this “Our View” is one more such time that in the full glory of daylight and truth will be seen as such an error of judgment.

So, is the New Mexican a full

participant in a modern day Santa Fe Ring? Fess up, and let’s see who really wrote this “Our View” and why.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]Well said!

Lynn k Allen

The idea was to shut down the coal fired plant in the four corners.

The deal sells it to others who will keep it spewing out coal pollution.

The article said "The climate crisis is such that energy must transform rapidly from gas- or coal-fired plants producing electricity to solar and wind, sources of power that can be renewed daily."

Allowing this deal doesn't get us any cleaner!!!!

Chris Mechels

The New Mexican gets it wrong again!! New Energy Economy is right again!! Surprised? The New Mexican suggests that we will "Make sure that Avangrid keeps its promises". Who are they kidding??" PNM does not keep their promises, and we can't make them. The New Mexican is no help there either... But, we are to listen to their stupid opinions??? Fat chance. Go with New Energy Economy, which, unlike the New Mexican, has a good record on these issues.

Mike Johnson

Just another left wing diatribe defending corruption and consumer shakedowns for the sake of "green", both money for politicians and the "environment"...as though what this small, poor, backward state does in increasing non-fossil fuel energy will be anything more than a literal drop in the ocean. Ridiculous, but not if you are a left wing politician or "green" energy company exec who stands to make millions of the suffering of the consumers for this.

Robert Fields

Homeowners can insulate themselves from rate increases by installing solar panels. You don’t have to pay up front, either. There is financing available. PNM does net metering here as long as you stay below 10kW of solar so excess energy produced during the day and fed into the grid can be pulled back out of the grid at night or on cloudy days. If you have enough panels to cover your energy use, your bill can be only a $10/month connection charge. You can also install a critical loads battery backup if you want to insulate yourself from power outages and keep things like refrigerators and lights and other loads alive during grid power outages.

Paybacks do take years so depending on the size and options, if you finance or not, it can stretch out. But in the mean time you help reduce the need for fossil fuel and nuclear power, help the planet, and basically eliminate your electric bill (aside from the $10/mo connection).

Anyone interested should have a look. The technology has come a long way and is very transparent now.

Richard Reinders

Robert., I agree I heard from the solar supplier in Taos that the energy companies are rethinking the KW for KW exchange for your excess wattage , because at night they have to supply more expensive electricity so it ends up being a net loss for PNM. Other states stopped doing direct exchange and only pay you around a third or less per excess KW from what they normally charge . The numbers may still work but the ROI is extended maybe to the point of attrition of the equipment.

Richard Reinders

You miss the point altogether, the damage done to the landscape of New Mexico and the main focus on California, Mexico and Arizona much bigger markets leaves us as the red headed step child. Instead of changing from fossil fuels to generate power mandate the large corporate farmers go to a no till farming technic and the farms biodiversity will consume the carbon foot print and you can eat steak too. Look up "Kiss the Earth" on Netflix there is more than one way to deal with the carbon foot print and maybe a quicker way.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] A recent study showed that to get to net zero emissions by 2050, Biden's goal, will require additional land use for solar and wind farms that will be the size of the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma combined. We will see what people in the US think of such a massive land use scheme, can you say NIMBY? What will have to be removed to accommodate all this?

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