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    PNM investigating silo structure failure that caused fire before putting Unit 1 back in production in mid-June

    Below is an article from The Daily Times. Written by Megan Petersen and Published April 18th 2018. 

    PNM announced plans in 2017 to end coal operations at the plant by 2022, and two units were shuttered in December before Unit 1 was damaged.

    PNM spokesman Dan Ware said the company is performing inspections on the silos at the station that should be completed by May 30 so that Unit 1 can go back online by June 15.

    The coalition of petitioners argues that investing to reinstate Unit 1, which has been in operation since 1973, “may result in unnecessary capital improvements and long-term stranded costs.”

    The petitioners are urging the PRC to “be proactive so that an investigation, including an adequate cost-benefit analysis, be performed, so that only a prudent investment be made in SJGS Unit 1, and that after-the-fact imprudent findings will not result in unnecessary costs to ratepayers,” according to the petition.

    However, Ware said the cost of reinstating Unit 1, which has not yet been determined, will not be passed on to ratepayers, saying insurance will cover the bulk of the cost.

    “There’s a $2 million deductible, which will come out of our current operating budget, so this is not going to be passed on to ratepayers,” Ware said on April 17. “Ratepayers are not going to pay more because of this incident.”

    But Diné CARE President Adella Begaye said the incident should be used as an opportunity to move toward renewable energy.

    “We know that PNM will close the coal plant in 2022, thank goodness,” Begaye said in an April 12 press release. “Why should PNM spend more money propping up a polluting coal plant when we can use that same money creating Navajo jobs in solar. It doesn't make sense to invest in a coal plant that will close in three years when we can use those dollars to benefit our community long-term.”

    Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-564-4621 or mpetersen@daily-times.com.

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