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Not Much Coal or Nuclear Power in PNM’s Electric Future

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PNM's long term electricity plans feature renewables and natural gas, with large coal and nuclear plants not looking like a good deal economically for the foreseeable future, according to a plan submitted this week to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

More details in a story I wrote last month on the plan's final draft:

Coal and nuclear power will provide less of the power coming out of Albuquerque light sockets in the future than it does today, according to a road map of the region's electricity future.


Natural gas and renewable energy will take up much of the slack, according to the plan being developed by utility company PNM with the help of renewable energy advocates. In addition, conservation can be used to cut power demand, substituting for power plants that would otherwise need to be built to meet the needs of a growing population, according to the study.

"Energy efficiency makes a lot of sense," said Evelin Wheeler, director of PNM's planning effort.

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