2015 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 3 - Municipalities
Section 24 Electric Utility
Section 3-24-8 Electric utility; limitation on right to acquire system beyond five-mile limit.
3-24-8. Electric utility; limitation on right to acquire system beyond five-mile limit.
A. The acquisition of any public utility system by a municipality furnishing electric service more than five miles beyond its boundary is subject to the rights and liabilities of the public utility, and the obligations assumed by the municipality shall be paid from the gross revenue ascribable to the electric system so acquired.
B. No municipality shall acquire any public utility system for furnishing electricity more than five miles beyond its boundary in territory receiving similar utility service:
(1) from a public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the New Mexico public utility commission and the Public Utility Act [Chapter 62, Articles 1 through 6 and 8 through 13 NMSA 1978] without the consent of the public utility or as otherwise provided by law;
(2) within any municipality that already owns or operates its electric utility without the consent of the municipality or as otherwise provided by law; or
(3) within territory receiving similar utility service from a rural electric cooperative without the consent of the rural electric cooperative or as otherwise provided by law.
C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to either the acquisition by a municipality of a generating facility or any interest in a jointly owned generating facility or the sale of electric power and energy derived from any such facility as authorized by Section 3-24-1 NMSA 1978.
History: 1953 Comp., 14-23-8, enacted by Laws 1965, ch. 300; 1979, ch. 260, 6; 1993, ch. 282, 6.
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