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PNM Completes Shut Down of Units 2 and 3 at San Juan Generating Station



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PNM Resources' (NYSE: PNM) New Mexico utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) has completed the shutdown of two of the four units of its San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) near Farmington, NM.

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The retirement of the two units is part of the Revised State Implementation Plan (Revised SIP), which resulted from an agreement among the New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and PNM. Retiring the units is necessary for SJGS to comply with federal visibility regulations under the Clean Air Act. Retiring the two units reduces the plant's emissions, including carbon dioxide, as well as its use of coal and water, by approximately 50 percent.

"This agreement is the result of a strong collaboration among many parties, each of whom worked to find a solution in the best interests of New Mexicans," said PNM Resources' President, Chairman and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn. "As we look ahead, there will be more challenges to face and tough decisions to make. The best way to achieve our shared vision of a clean, sustainable energy future will be to continue to work together."

Operators shut down both units a few days earlier than planned because of mechanical problems. Unit 2 was shut down around noon today and Unit 3 was taken offline early Tuesday morning, Dec. 19. It would have been uneconomical to repair the units given the fact that they were scheduled to be shut down later this week. 

Crews will now begin the process of cleaning out the units and completing other procedures to permanently retire them from service. The agreement with the EPA mandates that the units be completely out of service by December 31, 2017.

PNM also continues to honor its pledge that reductions in the number of jobs at the plant will be handled through retirements and attrition with no layoffs associated with the shutdown of these units.

Unit 2 came online when the plant opened in 1973 and is the oldest unit at San Juan. Unit 3 began operation in 1979. The shutdown of these two units will result in the reduction of energy generation of approximately 836 MW. PNM plans to replace that loss in generation with a diverse mix of increased renewable energy, existing nuclear power and natural gas generation.

Background:
PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) is an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 2016 consolidated operating revenues of $1.4 billion. Through its regulated utilities, PNM and TNMP, PNM Resources has approximately 2,791 megawatts of generation capacity and provides electricity to more than 767,000 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas. For more information, visit the company's website at www.PNMResources.com.

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Statements made in this news release that relate to future events or PNM Resources, Inc.'s ("PNMR") or Public Service Company of New Mexico's ("PNM") (collectively, the "Company") expectations, projections, estimates, intentions, goals, targets, and strategies are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that all forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations and estimates. PNMR and PNM assume no obligation to update this information. Because actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, PNMR and PNM caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements. PNMR's and PNM's business, financial condition, cash flow, and operating results are influenced by many factors, which are often beyond their control, that can cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of risk factors and other important factors affecting forward-looking statements, please see the Company's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which factors are specifically incorporated by reference herein.

 

SOURCE PNM Resources, Inc.


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