PNM Files For New Mexico PRC Approvals To Move Forward With Changes At San Juan Generating Station
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
PNM Resources’ (NYSE: PNM) New Mexico utility,PNM, today submitted a filing to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) for approvals needed to make important changes in the way PNM provides power to its New Mexico customers.
The filing is the company’s next step in moving forward with the Revised State Implementation Plan (Revised SIP), the result of an agreement among the New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and PNM. Actions requested in the filing are necessary for the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) to comply with federal visibility regulations under the Clean Air Act.
“The Revised SIP is the best way forward because it minimizes the cost impact to customers, creates broad and significant environmental benefits, and reduces exposure to the anticipatedcosts of complying with future federal regulations,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, PNM Resources’ chairman, president and CEO. “In addition, PNM is able to further diversify its fuel portfolio and integrate cleaner resources, including more natural gas and solar.”
The Revised SIP is expected to save customers more than $780 million over 20 years, compared to the original federal implementation plan.
The PNM filing requests:
- Permission to retire Units 2 and 3 at SJGS and recover approximately $205 million in undepreciated costs over 20 years;
- A certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to include PNM’s ownership of 134 MW of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Unit 3 to serve New Mexico retail customers at a proposed value of $2,500 per kW;
- An order allowing cost recovery for the installation of SNCR equipment on SJGS Units 1 and 4, not to exceed a total cost of $82 million; and
- A CCN for an exchange of capacity out of SJGS Unit 3 and into SJGS Unit 4, resulting in ownership of an additional 78 MW in Unit 4 for PNM. The expected net impact of this transaction and the retirement of Units 2 and 3 will be a reduction of 340 MW in PNM’s ownership of SJGS.
In the filing, PNM identifies two additional sources of power to replace the balance of the retired SJGS capacity. These include 177 MW of new, natural gas-fired generation to be built in San Juan County that is an additional commitment under the agreement, as well as 40 MW of new utility-scale solar generation. Future regulatory filings will detail the specific costs of the new facilities and request any needed approvals. PNM would also address rate increases related to the Revised SIP in future rate cases as they are not included in today’s proposal.
PNM has asked the NMPRC to issue its final ruling no later than December 2014 to accommodate compliance with the Revised SIP.
An executive summary of the PNM filing with the NMPRC, as well as related testimony, can be found on the company’s website at www.pnmresources.com/investors/regulatory.cfm.
PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) is an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 2012 consolidated operating revenues of $1.3 billion. Through its regulated utilities, PNM and TNMP, PNM Resources has approximately 2,538 megawatts of generation capacity and serves electricity to more than 739,000 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.PNMResources.com.
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