NM regulators put co-op rate increase on hold

Posted at: 12/21/2012 11:59 AM
By: The Associated Press

 SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators have put on hold a rate increase for a dozen electric cooperatives that are part of the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Public Regulation Commission made its decision Thursday and ordered a hearing.

The commissioners expect a court battle since Tri-State has argued that the commission has no jurisdiction over interstate wholesale power sales.

A Tri-State spokesman says the PRC decision will have a negative effect on the utility's members in New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Colorado-based Tri-State sells power to 44 electric cooperatives in the four states. It set a 4.9 percent rate increase to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Three New Mexico co-ops protested. The commission appointed a mediator in November, but the negotiations between Tri-State and the three co-ops failed.

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