Renewables, Workers Comp & Early Birds

Environmentalists eager to take on PNM over plans for coal-fired power plant: PNM will be closing two of its four units at San Juan generating station. To make up for the lost power, they have proposed extra production for these two units. This proposal faces opposition from various groups for several different reasons; early estimates for the original plan estimated an increase on the average customer’s bill by $90 a year. Environmentalists in the state are pushing to shut down a third unit of the coal plant and make up for any lost production with renewable energy. There is no estimate for how much more this will increase residential and business utility bills. A hearing is set for October to discuss the new plans. Read more: San Juan Battle Lines Drawn

Workers Comp Changes? New Mexico courts are significantly altering the New Mexico workers’ compensation system by putting forth new rulings that over-ride the 1990 reform. Changing the workers comp system will result in added costs for employers. Read more: Rulings Endanger Workers Comp Reform