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NM energy regulator refuses recusal on PNM case

Public Regulation Commissioner Patrick Lyons says he will not recuse himself from the case involving the closure of two units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Lyons denied accusations that he had any improper communication with PNM, the utility that operates the San Juan Generating Station. The environmental group New Energy Economy had sought his recusal.

Lyons said in a filing this week with the commission that he has not prejudged the case and will be able to make a fair and impartial decision.

The group also asked that Commissioner Karen Montoya recuse herself. Montoya said earlier this week that she would file an official response “in accordance with commission rules.”

The commission began taking testimony Monday on the case involving San Juan.

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