Public Service Company of New Mexico said Tuesday it would extend the deadline to provide assistance to customers struggling to pay their electric bills due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new deadline to request assistance through PNM’s COVID Customer Relief Fund is March 31, the utility said. Previously, the date was set at the end of 2021.
The program is open to families, small businesses, and nonprofits that have delinquent electric bills. PNM said there are nearly 40,000 customers in New Mexico who are $13.2 million behind on their bills.
The utility said verification of household income, copies of identification for all household members and a copy of the PNM delinquent account are required for the application process.
An individual or organization can request assistance by calling 855-364-2950 or by visiting PNM.com/help. That site provides a list of eligibility requirements.
The utility also announced this week that it plans to continue seeking approval for its proposed merger with Connecticut’s Avangrid and Spain’s Iberdrola. The three companies said they would appeal the state Public Regulation Commission’s rejection of the merger plan to the New Mexico Supreme Court last month.
The five-member committee voted unanimously to reject the proposal, in part because of the performance of Avangrid’s Northeastern U.S. subsidiaries
PNM and Avangrid said they had pushed the end date for a merger agreement to April 20, 2023, raising the original date by one year.
The announcements indicate that PNM, Avangrid and Iberdrola intend to proceed in the long term if necessary to obtain approval of the merger plan.