[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Fri Jan 28 13:11:15 MST 2011

* Hello Solar Supporters!

*Here are the Latest News, Events & Announcements from NMSEA*

*Please Check Our Event Calendar 
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*/*/* /**/NMSEA Protests PNM’s Proposed “SOLAR ACCESS TARIFF” at PRC 
Hearing/**/ /**/
* NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online/**//*
*/* Steep Discounts on ASES Memberships - thru January 31, 2011
/**/* USGBC-NM 2011 Greenbuilt Home Tour Applications Now Available/*
*/* NMSEA on Facebook/*

/*** **FEBRUARY 10: NMSEA Sustainable Las Vegas Chapter Meeting **- /Las 
Vegas, NM/*

* */
NMSEA Protests PNM’s Proposed “SOLAR ACCESS TARIFF” at PRC Hearing/*

NMSEA extends its sincere *THANKS *to all our members and supporters who 
turned out on Wednesday afternoon and evening to let the PRC hear that 
we oppose PNM’s proposed 8¢ per kWh tariff on new grid-interconnected 
customer solar photovoltaic systems.  The PRC hearings were held to 
receive public comments on PNM’s proposed 21% overall rate hikes, but as 
many people—if not more—showed up to protest the solar access tariffs 
than those protesting the general rate hikes.  PRC District 1 
Commissioner Jason Marks commented afterward that this was the most 
well-attended and lively hearing he has ever presided over.  

*What’s Next?*  While the PRC will consider all of our comments in its 
decision of the PNM rate case, PNM is in negotiations with the PRC and 
the NM Attorney General to reach a settlement.  No details have been 
released on this yet.  Meanwhile, Sen. Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe-25) has 
introduced legislation (SB-137) PROHIBITING additional rates on 
customer-generators, effectively repealing the provision of the 2010 
HB-181 that allowed PNM to propose these solar access tariffs.  You can 
continue to help protect your solar rights by contacting your State 
Senator and State Representative in support of SB-137.  And stay tuned 
here for more developments.


*__**More Information:*
“Policies May Retard PV Growth” by Randy Sadewic, NMSEA SunPaper, 
January/February 2011 issue.
_www.nmsea.org/Sunpaper/index.php _

Position of Jason Marks, PRC representative for the Albuquerque Area: _
The PNM requested “solar access charge” is mentioned in the last sentence.

Full text of HB 181 (the 2010 legislation that enables the PNM request): 

Full text of rate case 10-00086-UT filing at: 
To see PNM's explanation of the need for the rate rider, click on 
"Testimony and Exhibits,"  then Jim Mayhew testimony.

*/NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online
A selection of past SunPaper editions are now also available for 
reference online. For more details, please visit the NMSEA website 


*/Steep Discounts on ASES Memberships - thru January 2011
Get More Sun This Winter!//

Time's growing short for you to take advantage of the great offer Solar 
Nation is bringing you.  As we told you last month, you can join the 
American Solar Energy  Society (ASES) before the end of January for less 
than two-thirds of the  regular price.  That's just two weeks away! 

ASES is the foremost nonprofit association of solar advocates, 
educators, legislators, and professionals in the United States.  It's 
where people interested in solar go to learn more; where people looking 
to install solar go to find professionals in their area and where those 
professionals go to stay informed, build connections and join technical  

Established in 1954, ASES has provided educational opportunities for 
professionals and advocates, helped shape  policy both  locally and 
nationally, and produced the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine.  As 
ASES Board member Nate Mitten says, “ASES was proclaiming the promise of 
renewable energy a long, long time before ‘green’ was mainstream.”

      magazine connects you to the leading solar energy experts.
    * FINDSOLAR <http://www.findsolar.com> locates solar installers and
      tells you about solar incentives.
      <http://www.nationalsolarconference.org/> is America's leading
      educational conference for solar energy professionals.
    * The ASES NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR <http://nationalsolartour.org/> is
      the world's largest grassroots solar energy event.

You can join in one of two ways:
    As a Member for $25 (regularly $39/yr)
    As a Professional for $60 (regularly $89/yr)

*You can see what each level of membership gives you, and join ASES, 
right here. <http://www.ases.org/join>
*Make sure to use the promotional code *SN2010 *to get the discounted 
*This offer expires on *January 31, 2010* and is only good for Member 
and Professional memberships.

For more information, please call Carolyn Beach at 720-420-7935.

*/USGBC-NM 2011 Greenbuilt Home Tour Applications Now Available

Applications for homeowners/builders/developers interested 
in participating in the 2011 GreenBuilt Tour are now available on the 
USGBC-NM website <http://www.usgbcnm.org/Default.aspx?pageId=452513> & 
are due March 1, 2011. 

/*NMSEA on Facebook*/

*New Mexico Solar Energy Association is on Facebook! 
*NMSEA is now also using this site to spread the word about our 
educational outreach, upcoming events & fundraising drives.
If you like getting updates on Facebook, please visit the NMSEA page 
and press the "Like" button!

FEBRUARY 10: NMSEA Sustainable Las Vegas Chapter Meeting **- /Las Vegas, NM

/*5:15pm NMHU Donnelly Library, Rm. 325. 

The next meeting of Sustainable Las Vegas (the local chapter of the New 
Mexico Solar Energy Association) will be devoted to a discussion of the 
new Main Street Grant for a "Farm to Restaurant Program."  

Lee Einer, who will be spearheading the program, will lead a 
brainstorming session on how best to adapt this concept to our local 
Please encourage all regional farmers, local restaurants, food-lovers, 
health agencies, and any other stakeholders to join in this conversation. 

For further information, phone Emelie Olson at 505 454-3920


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