Right now, if families or businesses in eastern New Mexico want to go solar, they have to pay the monopoly utility, Southwestern Public Service, an average of $40 in extra fees that other ratepayers don’t have to pay.
Since 2011, SPS has been charging families who invest in solar a hefty monthly fee that no one else pays, and that they must pay no matter how little energy they use.
SPS knows solar is cheap, but it is using this tactic increasingly attempted by utilities nationwide to kill competition from rooftop solar.
Rate 59, as SPS has discreetly named this solar penalty, is the reason there are only 110 solar customers in all of SPS’s territory — at a time when hundreds of thousands of Americans all across the country are turning to solar to take control of their energy bills and take part in our nation’s booming clean energy economy.
Now, SPS wants to raise Rate 59 once again – making it even harder for New Mexico families and businesses to harness our state’s abundant solar energy resources.
Take Action: Tell New Mexico regulators to end anti-solar charges once and for all!
Send a message to Commissioner Sandy Jones (Southern New Mexico)
Send a message to Commissioner Cynthia Hall (Albuquerque)
Send a message to Commissioner Patrick Lyons (Eastern New Mexico)
Send a message to Commissioner Valerie Espinoza (Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico)
Send a message to Comissioner Lynda Lovejoy (Northwestern and central New Mexico)