In 2021, New Mexicans said NO to the Avangrid/PNM Merger, but this company keeps coming back. Our volunteer organization is working to change that.
Across the state, New Mexican's stood up against this merger in 2021 giving public testimony in the hearing. Our former elected Public Regulation Commission (PRC) listened to the people and reviewed the evidence then voted unanimously to reject the merger since it was 'not in the public interest'. Watch this video and listen to Former NM State Senator Eric Griego Montoya discuss it on New Mexico in Focus, back in December 2021, soon after the old PRC rejected the merger. He's predicting the future and he's right.
So what has changed? Why isn't this just over?
The PRC itself has changed. New members, appointed and not elected by the people, may take this up again because Avangrid appealed the former PRC's decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court. The Hearing starts Sept 11, 2023.
The 2023 PRC appears to have taken sides already based on some potentially illegal communications. We found out about them through a public records request. Read more here from local news channel KRQE
Join us in calling on the NM Public Regulation Commission to uphold its duty to protect us, New Mexicans, and the public interest against a take over by a corrupt, incompetent and aggressive bully, Avangrid.
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AVANGRID and parent company IBERDROLA have a worldwide reputation for putting profits before the people they serve. They cut costs and raise rates on their customers to boost their profits.
Hardworking New Mexican families are already struggling enough!
Our PRC has an obligation to protect the public.
Tell them how you feel!
A 2022 Brown University Labratory's analysis found that in Connecticut, Avangrid opposed more climate legislation between 2013 and 2020 than any other group identified in the report.
They spent $2.8 million lobbying AGAINST climate bills during that period.
Avangrid claims to be an climate leader and champiion but the reality is far different.
Avangrid-owned utilities around the world have a long history of evading regulatory control and routinely racks up millions in fines and penalties.
The PRC Hearing Examiner in the first merger hearing had to halt proceedings to get Avangrid to follow the rules.
New Mexicans play by the rules, pay their bills, and follow the law. Avangrid should do the same.
Avangrid plans to use NM as a 'beachhead' to sell our wind and solar out of state and even internationally.
Shouldn't WE own it instead?
This merger shuts out local competition and gains monopoly control of our resources. Avangrid owned subsidiary companies will own new energy generation.
Complex ownership structures are also difficult to regulate. That's their plan. Monopolies and self dealing are bad for New Mexicans.
Learn what is happening in Maine here
During the first merger hearing all the evidence was reviewed by the Hearing Examiner. He concluded this merger with PNM was not in the public's best interest and our old elected PRC agreed.
Public comments at the hearing were 500 to 1 AGAINST the merger.
We already rejected the merger but PNM executives and some well-connected politicos who stand to benefit from it won't take no for an answer.
We can't let corporations determine our future and buy our democracy.
AVANGRID was fined $4.48 million by Connecticuit State Regulators for trying to garnish customer's wages instead of telling them about an available payment plan - Oct 2022
Parent Company Iberdrola fined $488 million for violating a self-supply power arrangement by selling electricity to other partners - Sept 2022
Avangrid failed to disclose to NM PRC they paid $25 million in penalties and disallowances in Maine, Connecticuit and New York in a 16 month period.
Do a google search on 'Avangrid fines' and the list is endless.
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