New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to shut San Juan coal plant, sell Four Corners stake

first_imgNew Mexico regulators approve utility plan to shut San Juan coal plant, sell Four Corners stake FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:The state Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday unanimously accepted a Public Service Company of New Mexico three-year plan that calls for shuttering two coal-fired power plants in the northwestern part of the state and more reliance on renewable energy, along with natural gas and nuclear energy.Every three years, PNM files an Integrated Resource Plan as a general road map of how the company plans to provide cost-effective, reliable energy.Patrick O’Connell, the utility’s director of planning and resources, said after the meeting that commission acceptance of the plan is just a first step. Next year, he said, the utility will submit specifics on the closing of the San Juan Generating Station — the first power plant it wants to shutter — by 2022. PNM plans to close the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031.It took the commission more than a year to accept the PNM plan. Civic leaders in San Juan County and the city of Farmington wanted to see more specific plans for easing the economic pain expected when the power plants and adjacent coal mines are closed.Some environmentalists also objected. Santa Fe-based New Energy Economy had argued that the plan should include more solar and wind energy than what PNM proposes.More: PRC accepts PNM integrated resource planlast_img read more

Georgetown’s Porter named Big East Player of the Year

first_img Published on March 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ Otto Porter was named the Big East Player of the Year on Tuesday. Big East coaches voted unanimously to give the honors to Porter, and they could not vote for their own players.During conference play, Porter is second in the Big East with 18.1 points per game. He’s also fifth in rebounding and tied for third with steals with an average of 1.8 per game. In all games, Porter’s averaging  16.4 points per game.He’s shooting just over 50 percent from the field, and 44 percent from behind the arc.Porter was a major reason why Georgetown was able to go fro being unranked to being ranked fifth in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. He also led the Hoyas to a tie for the Big East regular season championship. Georgetown is also a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, especially if the Hoyas claim the Big East Tournament championship.Porter’s head coach, John Thompson III, was named the Big East Coach of the Year. Thompson guided Georgetown to a 24-5 record, including a 14-4 record in conference play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSt. John’s forward JaKarr Sampson took the Big East Rookie of the Year award. He’s the second member of the Red Storm to win the award in the last two years, as Moe Harkless won it last season.Sampson is averaging 14.9 points per game to go along with his 6.6 rebounds per contest. Commentslast_img read more