- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe officials are moving forward with a proposal to create a publicly owned electric utility in the northern New Mexico city despite unanswered questions about how it’d be set up and run.

The City Council’s public utilities committee on Wednesday voted 3-1 to send a draft ordinance to the full City Council.

A possible hitch surfaced recently when the city attorney said state law on electric utilities apparently doesn’t allow cities to use condemnation to force a sale of an existing electric utility. Meanwhile, Public Service Co. of New Mexico as said its lines and other equipment in Santa Fe are not for sale.

Advocates for establishing a public electric utility in Santa Fe have argued that it would give community residents more control over how their electricity is generated.

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