Rate Payers Fight Jemez Coop Rate Hike

by Reporter / Sep 21, 2015 / 0 comments

Rate Payers Fight Jemez Coop Rate Hike

A group of local rate payers is fighting a recent push to increase electric rates at Jemez Electric Coop. 14 protests were filed Friday with New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission (PRC) by Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative's (JMEC) ratepayers.
These protests come as a result of the Advice No. 77 First Revised Rate Rider #4 filing by JMEC, which will result in as much as 100% increases in the local surcharge for cooperative customers within the outer boundaries of San Ildefonso Pueblo Grant. PRC Case No. 15-00087-UT, authorized the original rate for recovery of these tribal rights-of-way charges in 2014. Undercollection over the past year has resulted in yet another rate increase for these customers. 
The group of rate payers cite the revised rate as unfair, unjust and unreasonable; claim that due process of noticing of the rate recovery was erroneous and that changes to the causation clause of the original rate 19 recovery method are unconstitutional. In addition to failure to properly notice this rate, the approved recovery method fails to protect ratepayers in accordance with the 14th amendment and existing case law regarding a lack of tribal civil jurisdiction over non-Natives. For more information or get involved, contact David Neal at 505.455.2175. 
For background information, click here and here to read an earlier VDP articles on JMEC's easement issues.

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