ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the PRC has moved the hearing to Thursday.
The state Public Regulation Commission will discuss this Thursday whether it should reconsider its decision to charge Facebook nearly half the cost of a new $85 million transmission line.
The PRC ordered Public Service Company of New Mexico in April to bill Facebook $39 million for the line and recover the remaining costs from wholesale customers, prohibiting any charges on general ratepayers. That’s because a PNM executive testified during hearings in February that the line would only serve Facebook by carrying electricity from a new wind farm near Encino to its data center in Los Lunas, plus wholesale customers who sell to markets outside the state.
But PNM has since corrected that testimony, calling the line a “network upgrade” that benefits everybody. It requested a re-hearing on April 30, arguing that the costs should be shared equally among wholesale and retail customers.
The line, which will run between Clines Corners and a new substation in Sandoval County, will carry electricity from the forthcoming La Joya wind farm now under construction to Facebook’s data center. But at Thursday’s open public meeting, PNM will discuss a new 140 MW wind project it’s planning in eastern New Mexico that will also use the transmission line, known as the BB2 project, to transport renewable electricity to all customers.
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