New Mexico utility says renewable energy will help avoid brownouts

FILE - The Four Corners Power Plant in Waterflow, N.M., near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, is viewed in April 2006. Regulators have rejected an effort by New Mexico's largest electric utility to recoup from customers millions of dollars of investments made in a coal-fired power plant in the northwestern corner of the state, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)


While temperatures soared to 107 degrees in parts of New Mexico on Monday, the state’s major utility indicated it did not anticipate brownouts even after the firm closed its main coal-fired power plant near Farmington.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico credits the ability to avoid brownouts after the shutdown of its San Juan Generating Station because the company added wind and solar power to meet electricity demands, especially those in the summer heat.

The company explained it has 19 different solar sites around the state and added more batteries to store the captured power.

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