Public Utility and Telecommunications Regulation

Public Utility and Telecommunications Regulation

For more than 40 years, Montgomery & Andrews has appeared regularly before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and its two predecessor commissions on behalf of many of the state’s leading public utilities and telecommunications carriers.  Our experience spans the spectrum of regulatory issues, and includes dozens of complex cases relating to rates, service obligations, certificates of public convenience and necessity, transfers of ownership and control, and securities.  We have also represented sellers and purchasers in transactions involving the sale of utility assets and business, including the sale of the state’s largest natural gas utility, and the purchase and sale of two of the largest water utility systems.

Notable cases include:

  • the state’s first approved purchased gas adjustment clause
  • the first successful projected rate-case test year
  • the first approved contested rate case settlement
  • the first approved plan for flexible telephone rate regulation
  • issuance of the first cellular telephone certificate of public convenience and necessity
  • authorization for the sale of the state’s largest natural gas utility to its largest electric utility
  • authorization for the purchase of a major water system
  • the first independent power project by an exempt wholesale generator
  • the first interconnection arbitration under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.