NPR reported earlier today that the fire in Arizona is nearing a power grid that could cause rolling blackouts for hundreds of thousands of people in New Mexico and Texas. The article said officials thought the fire could reach the grid tomorrow.
Now NPR is reporting that the grid is no longer in danger.
Either way, PNM spokesperson Kevin Fuller said in an interview this afternoon that the electric company has it under control. "With the situation as it is, we are confident, given the information we have right now and the tools we have at hand." Electricity will stay on for PNM customers, he says. The Afton and Lordsburg generating stations in southern New Mexico will be able to fill the gap, should the Arizona fire reach the grid.
If the fire were to move North and East, "that would force us to change our plan a little bit," he speculates. PNM does get electricity from the Farmington area, as well as a plant in Palo Verde.
Fuller says PNM has been in contact with other utilities in the state because if anything happens, PNM should be able to share its excess load. "They would do the same for us if we needed it."