New Mexico Supreme Court to decide power plant case

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

It will be up to the New Mexico Supreme Court to determine whether state regulators followed the law when deciding a case that will chart the path forward for a major electric provider and its half-million customers.

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to the New Mexico Supreme Court to determine whether state regulators followed the law when deciding a case that will chart the path forward for a major electric provider and its half-million customers.

Environmentalists argue the Public Regulation Commission's approval of a plan to replace the power lost from the upcoming closure of two units at the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station was arbitrary.

Attorneys for New Energy Economy say Public Service Co. of New Mexico is relying too much on coal and nuclear power and that the utility failed to prove the cost-effectiveness of the plan.

The utility says the plan was thoroughly examined as part of a public process, complies with a federal mandate to curb haze-causing pollution and keeps costs down for customers.

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