- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s attorney general is urging utility regulators to approve a power-supply contract for a proposed Facebook data center after reviewing potential costs to other electricity consumers.

Attorney General Hector Balderas submitted a three-page memo on Thursday to the Public Regulation Commission. The commission may decide as soon as next week on an application by Public Service Co. of New Mexico to build new solar energy facilities that would offset much of the power consumption at the data center in Los Lunas.

Facebook also is considering a location in Utah for the facility. Electric utilities in New Mexico and Utah are urging quick approval of power-supply plans.

Balderas says the additional renewable energy sources would diversify power supplies without burdening residential or small-business utility customers with additional costs.

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