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Groups seek to intervene in New Mexico power plant case

July 24, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — County commissioners in northwestern New Mexico and a water utility that serves the state’s largest metro area want to intervene in a regulatory case over the upcoming closure of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.

San Juan County Commissioners and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority filed their requests with the Public Regulation Commission this week.

The regulatory panel is considering Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s plans for shutting down the power plant and financing the move through bonds that will be paid off by utility customers.

Options for replacing the lost capacity also will be weighed.

The case marks the first test for how the state’s new Energy Transition Act will be applied.

San Juan County commissioners are concerned about how the closure will affect the region’s job market and tax revenues.

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