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Local News
2:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

KUNM Continuing Coverage: PNM's Power Plan

Two coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station will be shuttered in 2017. To replace that coal-generated power, Public Service Company of New Mexico has proposed investing mostly in other coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. The utility, which provides power to half a million customers in New Mexico, says it’s the most cost effective, reliable option. 

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

PRC To Take More Comment On Energy Plan

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.”

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Local News
3:54 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

PNM's Energy Future At A Crossroads

The El Segundo Coal Mine in Northwestern New Mexico is the second most productive open-pit coal mine in the country.
Credit Rita Daniels

New Mexico’s largest utility company has a plan to use fossil fuels and nuclear power for the next 20 years. But opponents of the plan want to see the utility shift to wind and solar.

Two coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station will be shuttered in 2017 in order to reduce emissions.

PNM, which provides power to half a million people in New Mexico, wants to use a mixture of coal, nuclear and natural gas energy, plus a little bit of solar energy to make up for the loss.

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Local News
6:14 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Hearings On PNM's Energy Future Extended

The Public Regulation Commission will continue hearing testimony next week about PNM's energy replacement plan that includes adding more coal generated power to the utility's energy portfolio.
Credit Rita Daniels

New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission heard testimony for the 10th day on Friday about how the state’s largest utility wants to move forward. Two of the coal-burning units at the San Juan Generating Station are going to be shut down. Now the PRC hearings will be extended.

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Local News
6:26 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Hearing Begins On PNM's Energy Replacement Plan

Hundreds of people rallied outside a Public Regulation Commission hearing in Santa Fe Monday in opposition to PNM's proposed energy replacement plan.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly addressed New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission Monday on the first day of two weeks of hearings on PNM's energy replacement plan.

Shelly told commissioners he supports PNM’s plan for replacing energy that will be lost when two coal-fired stacks at the San Juan Generating Station are shut down. He said the plan would ensure good jobs for tribal members. 

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Local News
4:01 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Navajo Nation Explores Future Of Coal

Credit Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation says the only financially viable future for its coal supply may be in clean coal technologies, and overseas exports.

KUNM's Tristan Ahtone reports the Nation is taking preliminary steps to find a future for its coal resources in light of tough, domestic regulations.

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Local News
7:32 am
Tue July 3, 2012

EPA grants stay in NM emissions case

San Juan Generating Station and San Juan Mine, Photo by San Juan Citizens Alliance/EcoFlight
San Juan Citizens Alliance/EcoFlight

On Monday, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez that an alternative to dealing with haze-causing pollution at a New Mexico power plant should be worked out among stakeholders.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a letter sent to the governor that such an alternative would be in the environmental and economic best interests of the state.

Jackson signed a 90-day stay so the parties can evaluate alternatives for the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico.

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Fronteras
11:30 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Navajo and Hopi Tribes Discuss Future of Coal

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Whichever direction that fight goes, some are seeing the writing on the wall. For decades the Navajo and Hopi Tribes have relied on the coal industry as their economic base. As Laural Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, tribal leaders from the Four Corners region joined with academics and political leaders in Flagstaff last week to come up with alternative economic resources.