Radical environmentalists would like to see all four SJGS units shut down, which would hurt employees and over 500,000 electric customers. Their plan would eliminate over 811 jobs, greatly harm the Farmington economy (where the plant is located), and significantly increase electric rates.
The settlement agreement is the lowest cost alternative to comply with EPA requirements and maintain jobs. It will shut down two units at SJGS, retrofit the remaining two units with pollution control equipment, preserve 811 jobs, better control electric rates, and reduce the use of coal and water by 50 percent as well as seven different emissions, including carbon.
We need your help to ensure that New Mexico has clean, affordable power for years to come.
Besides 811 local jobs with an annual payroll of $104.1 million at SJGS and the coal mine, SJGS pays annual royalties of $8,816,297 and State and County taxes of $31,375,410.
More great news for SJGS: Westmoreland Coal Company, the oldest independent coal company in the U.S. plans to purchase and take over coal mine production on 1/1/16. This will provide a significant savings for electric customers due to decreased costs. Read more HERE.
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