SANTA FE (KRQE) – Electricity rates are going up for thousands of people in northern New Mexico.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, state regulators approved a rate increase for customers of the Jemez Mountains Electric Co-Op.
The increase covers the cost of accessing pueblo land. A 25 year lease was signed at a cost of $5 million.
One commissioner voted against the hike, saying she felt the increase wasn’t calculated fairly but she was outvoted 3 to 1.
The U.S. Department of the Interior said they are considering changes to the way pueblos and tribes charge for utility access across their land.