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.
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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
12:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Lawmakers Propose Roll Back On Renewable Energy

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Legislation to drop the 20 percent renewable requirement for public electric utilities is making its way through committees at the Roundhouse. Current law requires that 20 percent of a public utility’s energy come from wind, solar or geothermal by the end of 2020.

The state’s largest utility, PNM, declined to comment on the House bill, saying only that they believe this is a decision for lawmakers.

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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.
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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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9:16 am
Wed October 26, 2011

CEO of Arizona Solar Firm Steps Down

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The country’s largest solar power company announced its CEO is stepping down.

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Local News
3:12 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Biz Report: Staying in NM and Solar Industry Woes

Solar panels.
Photo by Andreas Demmelbauer courtesy of Creative Commons

A New Mexico company rejects tax incentives to leave the state and the solar industry takes a hit in the international market. 

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KUNM Local
10:26 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Solar Firm Misses Fed Loan Backing

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Arizona manufacturer First Solar will not get a 1-point-5 billion dollar federal loan guarantee to back a large energy project in California. As Peter O'Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the company says it missed a deadline to finalize the deal.