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PRC To Take More Comment On Energy Plan

Mar 17, 2015

The San Juan Generating Station is owned in part by Public Service Company of New Mexico which provides power to more than half a million customers across the state.
Credit Wild Earth Guardians

The Public Regulation Commission held weeks of public hearings earlier this year on PNM’s plan to shut down two coal-fired units at the San Juan Generating Station. But this week people in Albuquerque will have one more chance to weigh in.

PRC Chair Karen Montoya said she received requests from her Albuquerque constituents who want their opinions taken into consideration.

“Things could possibly change a lot,” Montoya said. “Depending on what they [at PNM] bring on, it will effect a change in the mix.”

That mix, according to PNM’s plan, would be to replace the energy from the decommissioned coal units with other coal, nuclear, natural gas and a bit of solar.

Environmental groups that opposed PNM’s proposal submitted their plan for a mix of wind and solar to the PRC in January.

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, members of the commission will be at Albuquerque's African American Performing Arts Center to hear from the public one last time before issuing a final ruling.