We are committed to minimizing emissions and preserving New Mexico’s Clean Air
To ensure that the San Juan Generating Station is in compliance with the federal regional haze or visibility rule, PNM reached a landmark agreement in 2013 with the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved an agreement Dec. 16, 2015, for San Juan Generating Station (SJGS). The agreement between PNM and various parties will result in the closure of two of the four coal-fired units at SJGS by Dec. 31, 2017, the installation of emissions control technology on the remaining units and other environmental and customer benefits to address compliance with federal visibility regulations under the Clean Air Act. The approval also allows for significant customer savings thanks to a new coal supply contract with Westmoreland Coal Company.
The approved agreement will also aid New Mexico’s ability to comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which imposes limits on carbon emissions. The closure of SJGS Units 2 and 3 and the installation of the Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction equipment on the remaining two units are expected to reduce water use and seven different emissions (including carbon) at SJGS by approximately 50 percent. PNM will replace the retired generation capacity with solar, low-emission natural gas and existing zero-emission nuclear power.