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.

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