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September 22, 2018
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First News: PNM wants to cut back on payments made to customers returning solar power back to the grid. (listen)
(KSFR) - The state Public Regulation Commission is considering a proposal from PNM that would cut down on the payback customers get for the excess solar electricity they send back to the power grid. The proposed cuts in some cases are 50 percent or more of the amounts customers have been receiving. According to today's New Mexican, PNM says the factors behind the proposal are the lower cost of residential solar systems and the cost every PNM customer must pay to benefit those getting the net metering payments. PNM says some 2,400 customers now take part in the program.

A committee of state lawmakers will take a first look today at a report on tax breaks and other incentives New Mexico gives away to lure business to the state. The report was ordered by the legislature but Gov. Susana Martinez avoided having a bill requiring the report by volunteering to have staff do the analysis voluntarily. The state tax department finished the report at the end of June but it is only coming to light now, more than two months later.

Los Alamos County officials will unveil a new smart grid solar project this morning. The $52 million project could power as many as 2,000 homes as a way of determining how communities can efficiently integrate renewable energy into the power grid. Among other things, the project includes meters on the homes so managers can get a reading on power consumption when electricity is used, not during a later meter reading.

NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavor will fly New Mexico skies one final time this week before heading to permanent display at California's Science Center. Wednesday morning, Endeavor, borne on the back of a 747, will make a low-level pass over the White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces which NASA had designated as a last-resort landing site for shuttle missions. Endeavour will fly over White Sands between 11AM and noon, and then fly low over Las Cruces before turning west to Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Heading into the weekend, the state Department of Health reported that five new cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed within the past week, bringing the state total to 26 cases this year. So far, only one case has resulted in death. The new cases are in San Juan, Dona Ana and Bernalillo counties. Symptoms of West Nile, which is carried by mosquitoes include: fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Illness usually presents about 3 to 14 days after being bitten. The majority of people do not develop any symptoms at all.

Even as Santa Fe City Hall contemplates putting fluoridation of city water supplies before voters sometime in 2014, the proposal to continue the practice for the next three years will be discussed by the city's Finance Committee tomorrow. It's yet another step toward a city council public hearing on the matter set for October 30th.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with a 20% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers. Highs in the upper 70s. The remainder of the week is expected to be sunny and dry with highs each day in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 40s.
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