Albuquerque considers withdrawing support for San Juan plan

 Albuquerque considers withdrawing support for San Juan plan

Caption: San Juan Generating Station

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque City Council is set to consider withdrawing support for a plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

The council will consider the resolution Monday evening.

The resolution states the city supports an agreement reached by federal officials, Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and Public Service Co. of New Mexico (NYSE: PNM) to shut down part of the San Juan Generating Station in an effort to reduce haze-causing pollution.

But the resolution doesn't support PNM's plan for replacing it with more coal-generated power. It cites mistakes made in calculating fuel costs.

The city of Santa Fe has already passed a resolution opposing the plan, and some environmental and consumer groups have withdrawn their support.

PNM contends the plan is the most cost-effective for its customers.

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