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San Juan replacement calls for 650MW solar, 300MW storage

PV Magazine:

The debate over how to replace the generation capacity that will be lost following the closing of the 847-MW coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in June of 2022 is officially over, as Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) has opted to move forward with four solar+storage projects in San Juan’s stead.

The announcement is not altogether surprising, as state regulators ordered PNM to procure San Juan replacement power from utility-scale renewables earlier this summer.

The carbon-capture proposal had previously been slammed by energy experts and renewable advocates alike, including Karl Cates, an IEEFA analyst. 

“The retrofit was riddled already with numerous holes in its business plan, which overlooked such fundamental questions as to who would buy the power from such a complicated and high-priced project, how it would be transmitted, and who would finance it,” said Cates.

[Tim Sylvia]

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