ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—New Mexico regulators are starting anew on a controversial rule to cap the cost of renewable energy to public utilities and their customers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/16qUCL8) reports the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday voted to cancel a public hearing next week on the new rule and adopt a previously approved plan that was never published or implemented.

The panel also voted to start a rewrite of the rule.

A Western Resource Advocates attorney called Wednesday's action, "a good outcome."

He said the scrapped rule had become a loophole to allow litigation on money spent on renewable energy.

The rule is meant to ensure a state plan requiring more alternative energy doesn't hit customers too hard.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com