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New "Cars" Drive Power Costs

By Keven J. Groenewold

A new car arrives with fresh paint, a great smell, and a hefty price tag. After a few years of regular payments the scent changes, but there's value in owning an older car that's still running well.

Most of America's electric cooperatives bought a fleet of new "cars"—power plants—in the 1970s and 1980s. This ample stock of generation allowed co-ops to maintain a safe, reliable, and affordable supply of power. Current conditions may place affordability and reliability at risk.

Act Now for Afforable Electricity in New Mexico

We've already collected more than 16,000 signatures urging the repeal of the greenhouse gas rules.

Here at the Keep Electricity Affordable campaign, we’ve been talking about the value of electricity, the importance of affordability and the threats to affordable electricity. Right now in New Mexico, we are facing a real threat.

In late 2010, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) approved state rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.