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The Public Regulation Commission has rejected a motion to clarify whether the state’s new Energy Transition Act will apply to shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, drawing harsh criticism from the law’s sponsor.
PRC Chairwoman Teresa Becenti-Aguilar issued a single-commissioner order Wednesday afternoon denying the motion by the environmental group Western Resource Advocates that asked the PRC to clarify whether the ETA will apply in San Juan deliberations and, if not, to “reconsider” that position after oral arguments on the issue.
Becenti-Aguilar’s order, however, says the issue will be reviewed during hearings later this year on San Juan’s closure and on the replacement power for the coal plant, and not before.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, who sponsored the ETA in this year’s legislative session, blasted Becenti-Aguilar’s latest action, as well as the commission’s July 10 order to open San Juan hearings under an old case docket that predates the ETA.