Target: Pat Vincent-Collawn, Chairman, President, and CEO of Public Service Company of New Mexico
Goal: End plans to increase costs to households using solar panels
The largest utility provider in New Mexico, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), is planning to increase the amount of money households with solar panels have to pay to connect to the grid. This is the latest move in PNM’s history of trying to squelch clean energy in its state. Demand that the company end its plan to increase its rates for homes with solar panels.
PNM has recently proposed a fee that could put a prohibitive $6 per kilowatt per month charge on new solar panel installers for access to the public electricity grid. Most households using solar panels run between three and five kilowatts per month, raising these households’ monthly fees to the company by up to $30—and more for households installing solar panel systems that run at higher kilowatt rates. Unfortunately, this proposal is indicative of PNM’s attitude toward energy, one that is defined by continued reliance on fossil fuels and absolutely minimal fan service to transitioning to clean energy. The company’s long-term plan at this point is to generate 96 percent of its energy through coal and nuclear and only four percent from solar, with absolutely none generated through wind power.
These fees are exactly the wrong kind of thing we should be introducing into the energy mix right now, when the need for increased reliance on clean energy in the face of extreme climate change is so great. We should not be discouraging people from installing solar panels by taking away the panels’ financial incentives. Sign the petition below to urge PNM to abandon its proposed fee hikes.
Dear President Vincent-Collawn,
I am writing you today about your company’s recent announcement of proposed monthly fee hikes for new solar panel installers. These fees are misguided and detrimental to the extremely dire cause of stymieing climate change.
While PNM has stated that it needs to pursue these fees in order to preserve fairness in the costs of customers in maintaining the electricity grid, many are taking its words with a heaping pile of salt. It’s no secret that households installing solar panels bite into the profits of traditional utility companies like PNM. This, combined with your company’s reputation for bullying clean energy efforts in New Mexico, suggests that there may be more to do with the proposed fees that might not be based entirely on good faith. Such pettiness has no place in the face of the climate change.
Adding on increased fees to families that choose to install solar panels deprives them of the financial incentives that are so instrumental in convincing many to switch to clean energy solar in the first place. PNM’s proposed fee hike could convince many families to not make the switch and remain dependent on your fossil fuel energy, thereby continuing to worsen climate change. I urge you to abandon these plans immediately.
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