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New Mexico Supreme Court delays power plant proceedings

March 1, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has granted a request from the state’s largest electric provider, delaying regulatory proceedings related to the closure of a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to customers throughout the region.

The court on Friday granted a petition filed earlier this week by Public Service Co. of New Mexico. The utility was facing a deadline to turn in its application for abandoning the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

The state Public Regulation Commission had previously ordered PNM to file by Friday a plan that included details on costs, effects and plans associated with the San Juan shutdown.

The utility argued that initiatives pending before the Legislature could affect the state’s energy landscape and what resources will be used to replace the San Juan plant.

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