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Group asks NM Supreme Court to weigh in PNM case

Environmentalists want the New Mexico Supreme Court to weigh in as they seek the recusal of all but one member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in a case that will determine the fate of a coal-fired power plant.

New Energy Economy filed its motion Monday. The Santa Fe-based environmental group wants the court to disqualify the four commissioners from the case.

The commissioners have rebuffed previous efforts to get them thrown off the case. They dispute the group’s claims that they’re too chummy with the utility that operates the power plant.

The commission has been considering a plan that calls for shutting down part of the San Juan Generating Station and replacing the lost power with a mix of coal, nuclear, natural gas and renewable energy.