New Mexico regulators give utility more time to ink power plant deals

Associated Press

Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shut down part of the coal-fired power plant to curb haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is giving the state's largest electric utility more time to finalize agreements related to the future of the San Juan Generating Station.

As part of an agreement with the state and federal government, Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shut down part of the coal-fired power plant to curb haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.

The plan also calls for PNM to install pollution controls on the remaining two units and to fill the resulting void with a combination of coal, nuclear, natural gas and solar power.

The commission on Wednesday gave PNM until Aug. 1 to file agreements that the panel will consider before making a final decision.

The agreements relate to the plant's ownership and its coal supply.

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