SANTA FE (AP) – Public Service Company of New Mexico is asking the Public Regulation Commission for a protective order declaring certain documents confidential even before it files its latest request to increase electricity rates.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a PNM spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday that the utility isn’t trying to keep any documents secret, but wants the order in place to ensure that the discovery process runs smoothly as parties seek information related to the rate proposal.
PNM, the commission and two mining companies recently sued The New Mexican over the release of “confidential documents” related to the company’s controversial plans for the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.
The commission hasn’t yet decided on the protective order request.
PNM plans to file its rate request by Aug. 27.