Cities throughout the U.S. contemplating take over of a privately owned utility may be more likely to move forward now that the governor of New Mexico signed legislation that has made such a prospect easier in that state.
New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R) on April 11 signed H.B. 1181, which allows the city of Las Cruces to condemn property owned by El Paso Electric Co., paving the way for the municipality to take over the local electric distribution system.
"We're very pleased," said Christopher Good, a spokesman for the city. Las Cruces plans to move forward from here, he added.