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New Mexico high court tosses complaint against PRC chairman

September 12, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has thrown out a conflict of interest complaint against the chairman of the Public Regulation Commission.

A Santa Fe-based clean energy advocacy group sought to prevent PRC Chairman Sandy Jones from ruling on Public Service Company of New Mexico’s proposed power plan over an alleged conflict of interest.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday that New Energy Economy initially had alleged Jones and Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy couldn’t be partial in hearing PNM’s “integrated resource plan” — a mix of coal, solar and other power sources to meet customer demand.

The advocacy group says the utility’s parent company had donated $440,000 to a political action committee that campaigned for their re-election.

The state’s high court didn’t give a reason for their rejection of the complaint.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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