Dear Stop Hunt Supporters:
We are pleased to report that HB406 passed the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee in a 7 – 5 vote.
This is an exciting first step in our ongoing exploration of legislative options to require private/merchant transmission lines to face the same scrutiny as public utility lines in New Mexico.
Rep. Matthew McQueen, chairman of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the bill (HB406) to “AMEND A SECTION OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY ACT TO PROVIDE FOR JURISDICTION BY THE PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION OVER TRANSMISSION LINE LOCATIONS; REQUIRING PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE LOCATION OF NEW MEXICO RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSMISSION AUTHORITY FACILITIES.”
Rep McQueen describes this bill as a shot across the bow to private, for profit only, builders who have seen the loop holes in New Mexico’s processes for approving high voltage transmission lines without having to prove they are needed. And, through the Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) they can use eminent domain to take private property to build their lines.
This bill will not cure all the ills associated with New Mexico’s current system but it is a beginning.
HB406 will be heard next before the Judiciary Committee (to be scheduled). And, it will need your support in order to pass.
We continue to have deep concerns about many aspects of the location of high voltage transmission lines including, but not limited to: