Farmington City Council OKs San Juan Generating Station plan

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – City councilors in Farmington have approved three agreements to keep open a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to customers around the Southwest.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports that the agreements approved Tuesday establishes who will be the San Juan Generating Station’s owners in 2018. It also establishes which agencies will be responsible for eventually taking the San Juan Mine.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is expected to decide Wednesday whether to allow Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to submit documents that would detail its plan to shutter two coal-fired units at the plant and retrofit the remaining two to meet new EPA emission standards.

The PRC is expected to decide soon whether to accept the PNM plan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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