Local News
6:56 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

PNM Wants Plan Approval Despite Missed Deadline

PNM's contract guaranteeing a steady supply of coal for the San Juan Generating Station expires at the end of 2015.
Credit Will Thomas

New Mexico’s largest utility company promised to have a completed coal-supply agreement for their power plant in place by last Friday but PNM missed its own deadline.

The coal-supply agreement for the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico is one of the linchpins for the plant’s future energy production. The utility wants to shut down two units there and replace that power with nuclear, natural gas, some solar and more coal.

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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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3:27 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

More Comment Sought On PNM Energy Plan

The Public Regulation Commission has received over 10,000 comments from PNM customers who oppose the utility's energy replacement plan.
Credit Sierra Club


The Public Regulation Commission is continuing to seek input on PNM’s energy replacement plan. More than 200 people showed up to a meeting in Albuquerque Wednesday night.

Commissioner Valerie Espinoza took a moment during public testimony to say she had received almost 100 written comments opposing PNM’s plan from her constituents in Taos and Las Vegas.

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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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6:12 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

PNM Lost Partners, Stands By Energy Replacement Plan

Because coal-burning units at the San Juan Generating Station were violating the Regional Haze Rule, owners at the plant agreed to decommission two of the units by the end of 2017.
Credit Sierra Club

Two groups have withdrawn their support for PNM’s energy replacement plan but the utility insists their proposal is still the best choice for New Mexico.

PNM proposed adding more coal, nuclear, and natural gas energy and less than 5 percent in solar to make up for the loss when two coal-burning units are shut down at the San Juan Generating Station.

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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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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
10:18 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Ride-Shares Face PRC

Lyft ride-sharing cars bear a distinctive pink mustache
Credit toufeeq hussain via Creative Commons

  Two major ride-sharing companies are taking different approaches when it comes to New Mexico regulatory processes for taxi services.

Both Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc. began operating in Albuquerque in April but only Uber has filed with the state Public Regulation Commission for a permanent certificate to operate.

Lyft disputes the commission's contention that the service needs authorization by the regulators to operate in New Mexico.

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4:26 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

PRC Ballot Items Would Streamline Agency, Tighten Credentials

Voters throughout New Mexico will see three Constitutional Amendments about the state Public Regulation Commission, or PRC, on the ballot in this year's election. 


The three amendments dealing with reform of the PRC are printed far down on the ballot.  The state agency is a five-member panel that regulates utilities, transmission and pipeline firms, transportation and insurance companies.


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