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  San Juan Generating Station to be Retired

Dear Guardian,

Our clean energy future just got a whole lot brighter.

Last Friday, Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, announced that it intends to shutter half of the San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017.

That’s more than 900 megawatts of dirty coal-fired electricity permanently retired in just four years.

Spurred by legal pressure from WildEarth Guardians, the plan would curb poisonous nitrogen oxide emissions, free up four billion gallons of freshwater, and eliminate half the plant’s toxic coal ash waste.

For our climate, this is a monumental step forward. Retiring half of the plant will prevent more than five million tons of carbon dioxide from being released every year, equal to taking more than one million passenger vehicles off the road.

This isn’t just a milestone for New Mexico, it’s a milestone for the American West. It confirms that the cost of burning coal is becoming too great to bear.

It also confirms that the dedicated and aggressive advocacy that Guardians has launched is working. With steadfast legal and public pressure, we’re exposing the real cost of dirty energy and truly making the progress we need to safeguard our health and protect our climate. 

To be sure, we still have work to do. Dirty energy is still the greatest obstacle to renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation. The tide, however, is turning.

That’s why we’re both celebrating this success and also making a commitment to you, and to the West, that before 2020, we will shutter the remaining half of the San Juan Generating Station.

Let’s cherish this victory and together look forward to building the momentum we need to power past coal for good. Thank you so much for your support.


For Clean Skies,

Jeremy Signature

Staff Photo 2012 Jeremy Nichols r.1

Jeremy Nichols
Climate and Energy Program Director
WildEarth Guardians
jnichols@wildearthguardians.org

San Juan Generating Station Memes

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) will retire half of their coal-fired San Juan Generating Station—a huge leap forward for clean air and healthy communities.

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