New Mexico AG opposes proposed solar fee

 New Mexico AG opposes proposed solar fee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The state attorney general's office has come out against a proposal by New Mexico's largest electric utility to charge customers with new solar power systems a monthly fee to connect to the grid.

The office filed a motion this week in support of dismissing Public Service Co. of New Mexico's request.

Attorney General Hector Balderas also has asked state regulators to investigate the effects of distributed generation on the utility system.

Distributed generation refers to solar panels or wind turbines on homes and businesses that generate electricity and are connected to the grid.

PNM wants solar customers to pay what it says is their fair share for fixed costs of maintaining the electric grid. The fee could range from about $21 to $36 per month depending on sizes of systems.

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