New Mexico regulators to hear from public about power plant

San Juan Generating Station public comment shut down

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators are scheduled to take more public testimony on a plan to shutter half of an aging coal-fired power plant that supplies communities around the Southwest.

A meeting is planned Wednesday evening in Albuquerque.

The plan to shut down two units at the San Juan Generating Station and replace the lost power with a mix of more coal, nuclear, natural gas and solar has been the subject of numerous hearings and hours of expert testimony.

On Wednesday, critics called on the Public Regulation Commission to hold even more public meetings given the potential effects on ratepayers and the portfolio of the state's largest electric provider.

Environmental groups say more renewable resources should be considered, but Public Service Co. of New Mexico argues that the plan is the most cost-effective for customers.

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