State regulators started two weeks of public hearings Monday with an open mic for people to comment on the future of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.
About 100 people lined up to voice opinions for and against Public Service Company of New Mexico’s plans to shut the power plant in 2022 and replace it with a mix of renewable resources and natural gas.
At stake in the current hearings is a pending Public Regulation Commission decision on whether to allow PNM to abandon the facility, and whether ratepayers should pick up the full tab for plant closure. A separate round of hearings is scheduled for January to decide what generation resources would replace San Juan if it is shut down.
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