Public Regulation Commission District 4 candidate Lynda Lovejoy - Albuquerque Journal

Public Regulation Commission District 4 candidate Lynda Lovejoy

  • NAME: Lynda Lovejoy
  • OCCUPATION: Commissioner, District 4, NM Public Regulation Commission
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Southwest Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: I served on the Commission for about 12 years, 6 years in State Senate, 10 years in State House, and at least 20 years in various administrative management capacities. I functioned in judicial, legislative, advocacy and administrative management capacities and have exercised prescribing policies and procedures for effective government.
  • EDUCATION: Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education; Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration; coursework in MBA graduate program (22 credit hrs.); certificate program in Legislative Energy Horizon Institute, University of Idaho.

Utility Questions

Question 1: Should the PRC be encouraging a transition away from coal-fired generation to natural gas and renewable sources of energy?

Answer: The Renewable Energy Act enacted in 2004 and implemented by the PRC encourages renewable energy through established … goals, and the Renewable Portfolio Standard sets targets. A balanced portfolio protects the public and the utility from market variability… In 2016, the first major … energy decision made at the PRC was the approval of closing two units in the PNM San Juan Generating Station …

Question 2: How would you rate the following issues in rate cases when trying to balance consumer and utility interests on consumer protection, utility return on equity, environmental impacts, and system reliability?

Answer: … System reliability, consumer protection and utility recovery of costs are all at the top. Reliable and affordable home energy service required to meet heating, cooling, lighting and refrigeration needs remains a basic necessity of life … A utility should be able to recover prudently incurred costs to provide adequate, efficient and reliable service to customers …

Question 3: What would be your top priorities as a PRC commissioner?

Answer: (1) Continue incorporating more renewables into the resource mix … (2) Continue to ensure that utilities maintain system reliability that consumers are used to and expect from the utility. (3) Continue engagement in public policy discussions and examination of issues related to utility regulation with a view to enhance consumer benefits and improving the efficiency of PRC agency operations …

Personal Background Questions

Question 1: Have you or your business ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Answer: No

Question 2: Have you ever been in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Answer: No

Question 3: Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor, or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.
Answer: No

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