SIERRA CLUB News:
- New Plan Includes Clean Energy Credits and Offers Opportunity to Revisit Future of SJGS in 2018
ALBUQUERQUE – Today the Public Service Company of New Mexico released a new plan for the future of the San Juan Generating Station as part of their ongoing negotiations with the Public Regulation Commission.
In response, Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, released the following statement:
“PNM’s new plan for the San Juan Generating Station offers an opportunity for PNM to commit to retiring this outdated, polluting coal plant by 2022, when existing coal contract obligations expire and other owners are likely to exit.
“In 2017, PNM will develop a 20-year energy plan to determine how they will produce electricity for our state. PNM must seize this opportunity by committing to a planned and orderly transition from the San Juan Generating Station in 2022 that cleans up our air and water, invests in clean energy like wind and solar, and supports long-term investment in the Four Corners region. New Mexicans deserve clean air and clean energy, and we want to see a real commitment from PNM that they will transition away from coal in 2022.
“PNM also plans to purchase renewable energy credits. We urge PNM to put forward future plans that instead provide long-term commitment for renewable energy that will create jobs here in New Mexico. Utilities like Xcel here in New Mexico are developing clean energy projects that provide power at one third the cost of burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station and provide jobs for local people. This is the direction we want our state to head in: clean energy jobs, less pollution, and more affordable clean energy development here at home in New Mexico.”