Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cutting 'Green Tariff' Good Move By Utility.(Final)(Editorial)


Public Service Company of New Mexico is making it easier, as Kermit the Frog might say, to be green. That, in turn, could make it easier for more cost-conscious consumers to pay their electric bills.

PNM, which had planned to ask regulators to allow a 2.5 cent a kilowatt hour surcharge on wind-generated electricity, has cut its "green tariff" request to 1.8 cents.

It's a move in the right direction, though time will tell if consumers are willing to pay a premium for power that's cleaner but more expensive.

Here's the bottom line: The average PNM residential customer uses about 550 kwhs of electricity a month. A customer who opts for renewable-resource electricity would pay an additional $8. …

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