Thousands face electricity rate hike in Jemez

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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