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New Mexico utility seeks delay in power plant case

February 28, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider wants the state Supreme Court to delay regulatory proceedings related to a coal-fired power plant that is set to close in 2022.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico is asking the high court to stay an order issued by state regulators that required the utility to file by Friday a plan for shutting down the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

Utility officials say there are initiatives pending before the Legislature that could affect the state’s energy landscape and what resources will be used to replace the San Juan plant.

The utility’s senior vice president for public policy, Ron Darnell, said Wednesday that PNM will have a responsibility to customers and the state to meet any new mandates or policies that have yet to be decided by lawmakers.

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