Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Howe Says Think NM Plan for PRC is Worth Considering

It wasn't exactly an endorsement, but new Public Regulation Commissioner Doug Howe has gone on record saying Think New Mexico's plan to reform the commission has some good ideas.

"I think their calls for certain qualifications and a possible tearing off of the commission to other agencies is something to consider," Howe told The New Mexico Independent yesterday

Howe, who was appointed to serve the remainder of disgraced former Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr.'s term, wouldn't have any problem meeting Think New Mexico's proposed minimum qualifications -- a college degree or five years experience in any of the various areas regulated by the commission . He's got a PhD in mathematics and decades of experience in utilities.

Other commissioners to say they like some of the Think New Mexico proposals are Pat Lyons and Jason Marks.

However, Commissioners Ben Hall and Theresa Becenti-Aguilar are very much against the proposals.

In related news, Howe denies he was an accomplice of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.