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Painful Transition in New Mexico

The Santa Fe New Mexican: For decades, three coal-fired power plants have formed an imposing presence on the landscape from Page, Ariz., to Farmington, N.M., providing electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes but releasing millions of tons of pollutants from their towering smokestacks. But one of the plants has been partially shut down, and […]

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New Mexico Utility: Closing Coal-Fired San Juan Plant Would Be to Customers’ Benefit

The Santa Fe New Mexican: The Public Service Company of New Mexico said Thursday it is considering shutting down the remaining coal-burning units at its San Juan Generating Station near Farmington in 2022, a move that was applauded by renewable energy advocates but could result in hundreds of laid-off workers. The utility said in a […]

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IEEFA Op-Ed: Market Forces Are What’s Killing the Navajo Generating Station

The President Should Not Intercede

The question of whether the Navajo Generating Station will stay open past 2019 is of special regional interest for the implications it raises about jobs and local economies in the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. But it’s a national issue too, as shown by pleas this week for President Trump to take executive action to […]

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A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

Scott DiSavino for Reuters: Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and […]

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U.S. Mountain States Are Shifting from Coal to Gas and Renewables

Tom DiChristopher for CNBC: The U.S. Mountain States are moving away from coal, even as President-elect Donald Trump vows to revive the embattled industry. Western states — a stronghold for coal consumption — are increasingly using natural gas and renewable energy for their electricity. The switch puts pressure on miners in Wyoming, the country’s biggest […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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On the Blogs: Wind and Solar Have Gone Mainstream

Daniel Fleischmann for Renewable Energy World: Let’s consider wind, solar, and geothermal energy. In 1999, only 10 states generated a measurable amount of electricity from at least one of those three sources (i.e., at least one GWh, or enough to power 1,000 U.S. homes for a year). By 2015, every state generated a measurable amount […]

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El Paso Electric Portfolio Goes Coal Free

Vic Kolenc for the El Paso Times: While El Paso Electric officials are touting the environmental value of its coal-free energy portfolio, economics prompted the coal exit. The company several years ago did an economic analysis of whether it made sense to extend its Four Corners ownership agreement, or get out, when the 50-year agreement […]

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Coal Industry on the Brink in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Coal Industry on the Brink in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Where Is the Leadership to Help Families, Communities, and Economies Manage the Change?

It is past time for governors and legislators in the Rocky Mountain West to seriously plan for what they are going to do to help mining communities and families hit hard by the coal industry’s collapse. These leaders—in the six states from the Canadian border to Mexico—have been silent for too long. The coal-mining sector […]

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In New Mexico, Diversification Through Solar

Hannah Grover of the Farmington Daily Times: Solar energy is slowly gaining a foothold in San Juan County as local cities engage in renewable energy projects. From Bloomfield’s electric performance contract to Aztec’s solar field and Farmington’s community solar project, local governments are embracing renewable energy. The electric performance contract involved upgrading lighting on city […]

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