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New Mexico State Legislative Committees Will Discuss Future of San Juan Generating Station

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Two committees of the New Mexico state legislature are meeting in Farmington this week to learn more about the impacts of closing the San Juan Generating Station near Waterflow. The Daily-Times reports the committees were to meet Wednesday and Thursday at San Juan College at the request of legislators from San Juan County. Plans are for the power plant to shut down its coal-fired operations in 2022 and possibly replace them with other types of energy, such as solar and wind. However, the Daily-Times reports this raises questions about property-tax revenues, the loss of many high-paying jobs, and how to deal with the abandoned infrastructure.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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