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PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan – Expect More Large Electricity Rate Increases

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The CCAE protest of the NM IRP was filed on August 17. The complete document is attached to this webpage

July 18 - “PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) continues the same strategies that have caused the huge rate increases realized by PNM customers. PNM has already raised rates by 25% in recent years and is currently asking the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) for another 20% rate increase, bringing the total to 50% (1.25 x 1.20 = 1.50) in just a few years. At the same time, PNM is not doing nearly enough to mitigate future rate increases driven by its continued investment in old, dirty fossil-fuel power plants. New Mexicans would be better served by a more much aggressive implementation of energy efficiency and clean renewable energy.” Don Hancock, Chairman of the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, said Monday.


Healthy Air is Healthy for Our Economy

Solar PV - by DVW

Published on August 12 in the ABQ Journal with the title "Don't Believe PNM Lie: EPA Will Save Lives"

Published on August 14 in the Santa Fe New Mexican with the title "Clean air is healthy for our economy"

By David Van Winkle and Adella Begaye

Labored breathing, coughing, burning lungs. If you’ve done outdoor activity on a hot day with bad air quality, you may know the feeling. For a child with asthma, those high-smog days can bring on suffocating attacks. For someone with respiratory or cardiovascular problems, they can be fatal.

That’s why the recent news is so welcome that one of our region’s biggest air polluters – the San Juan Generating Station – will have to dramatically reduce its emissions. On Friday, Aug. 5, the EPA announced that it will require the nearly 40-year-old coal-burning power plant near Farmington to cut its nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 80 percent.


EPA Protects Public Health, Essential Regional Economic Resource with San Juan Generating Station Ruling

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Sierra Club Applauds EPA Action

August 5 - Farmington, NM – The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office today announced its final decision to require the installation of industry-standard pollution controls on the San Juan Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico. The pollution controls will substantially reduce hazardous air pollution from the aging coal-fired power plant, protecting both public health and tourism revenue at nearby National Parks. For years, pollution from the San Juan Generating Station has marred views at National Parks such as the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, threatening local economies that depend on tourism revenue from park visitors.


Sorry, PNM: New Mexico’s cost for clean air likely to be $160 million, not $1000 million

August 8 - PNM claims that it will cost them $1000 million to implement EPA required pollution controls at the San Juan Generating Station in Farmington, that were announced on August 5.

PNM does not report that the EPA’s report of August 5 shows that it should cost $345 million. The EPA report of August 5 says, “Over 300 retrofit SCRs have been installed since the early 1990s in the United States. Accordingly, constructability issues are well understood.” The EPA report says that PNM’s cost estimates are 77% higher than the highest prior SCR project on record. (SCR is the pollution control technology required to meet the EPA requirements.)

When you consider the fact that PNM owns 46% of the plant, the cost that PNM should be highlighting to New Mexicans is $160 million (345 x 0.46), not $1000 million.

The entire EPA ruling is attached.


Investments in Coal causing rate increases

published by the Deming Headlight on July 27. This letter to the editor was created in response to a story from Marita Noon

I think there are a few facts that should be published that Ms. Noon is unaware will help clarify the situation.

The cost of electricity for PNM customers has increased by 25 percent in recent years. None of this increase was associated with renewable energy.

PNM has requested another 20 percent rate increase this year. Only 2 percent of this rate increase is associated with renewable energy.


Find Savings In Energy Efficiency

By Chuck Noble / Attorney for Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. Originally published on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in the Albuquerque Journal

On July 18, PNM filed a document with the Public Regulation Commission called an Integrated Resource Plan. PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan is intended to provide a road map to the company and regulators for what new power plants or other supply- or demand-side resources will need to be acquired to meet customer electric demands until 2030.


Climate Change - American Public Health Association

The American Public Health Association published Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role in April 2011. This document has many useful charts and information regarding the impact of climate change. Please follow this link to access it.

http://www.apha-environment.org/pdf/APHA_ClimateChg_guidebook.pdf

Included in this report is the chart that shows that 98% of climatologists, who are active in publishing on climate change, believe that climate change is human caused.


New Mexico Board Chooses Pollution

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State considered information provided by PNM, not EPA

State plan would have 4 times as much pollution

In the last issue of The Sierran, I wrote about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to install pollution controls on two coal plants in New Mexico’s Four Corners region (San Juan Generating Station and Four Corners Power Plant). The EPA’s proposal for selective catalytic reduction controls would reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emitted by the plant by 80 percent.


PNM’s Continued Investments in Fossil Fuels Drive Large Electricity Rate Increases

Solar PV - by DVW

April 15 - “PNM is currently seeking to raise its rates well over $100 million per year - the largest increase in New Mexico history. At the same time, PNM is not doing nearly enough to mitigate this and future proposed rate increases driven by its continued investment in old, dirty fossil-fuel power plants,” Don Hancock, Chairman of the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, said Friday.


Sierra Club Launches Interactive Map of U.S. Coal-fired Power Plants

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Powerful New Tool Highlights Toxic Mercury Hotspots, Outlines Roadmap for Moving America Beyond Coal

April 28 - SAN FRANCISCO – After recently celebrating the defeat of the 152nd proposed coal-fired power plant prevented or abandoned in the past decade, the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign announced today that it would shift its focus toward replacing the nation’s existing fleet of dirty coal plants with clean energy sources. A new comprehensive, interactive map of the approximately 500 existing U.S. coal-fired power plants will help guide concerned Americans and public officials as they seize this historic opportunity to stand up for clean energy.

Find the coal plants nearest to you at http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/map/.


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