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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

Desert Rock

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

Coal - Page, Az

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/.


Northern New Mexico Group - Conservation Chair Letter

Dexter Coolidge

One of the pleasures of active involvement in the Club is in time spent with other Club members.

In February I had committed to going to the EPA hearing in Farmington regarding proposed restrictions on NOX emissions from the San Juan Generating Station. The Rio Grande Chapter has worked for years on reducing pollution from that plant.


EPA Protections Against Dangerous Coal Pollution Considered in New Mexico

Desert Rock

New standards will require a reduction in health-threatening air pollution

February 18 - Farmington, NM – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday held a public hearing to listen to input regarding measures to reduce dangerous pollution from the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, which is located near Farmington, New Mexico.


EPA, Sierra Club Spar with PNM Over Pollution Control Costs

Public News Service Press Release

December 30, 2010 - FARMINGTON, N.M. - It's a debate over numbers when it comes to cleaning up the emissions from New Mexico's biggest power plant, and both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club say figures put out by power utility PNM are way off. The utility says it could cost a billion dollars to install the pollution controls proposed by the EPA for the San Juan Generating Station, New Mexico's biggest power plant.

That could mean an increase in electric bills of about $90 per year for each household, but David Van Winkle, energy chairman of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, says that, using EPA estimates and some simple math, the figure is closer to $10 a year.


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