Public Service Firm of New Mexico reported this week it has hit a snag in its plan to interchange power from the San Juan Producing Station when the plant closes in June.
Paperwork and letters filed with the state Public Regulation Fee say PNM contracted with a number of firms to construct services to produce photo voltaic power by the point the coal-fired San Juan plant in northwestern New Mexico closes. However the firms now anticipate to complete no less than three tasks late and will miss the height summer time electrical energy utilization season subsequent 12 months.
Corporations named within the reviews embody Photosol Growth US, Clearway Vitality and 8minute Photo voltaic Vitality.
Clearway referred inquiries to Photosol, however that firm declined to remark.
Photosol stated in a July 16 letter to PNM it hoped to maneuver the assured operations begin date on a number of tasks to June 10, 2023.
8minute stated in an e-mail certainly one of its tasks “is a testomony to New Mexico’s huge potential for photo voltaic” and that such tasks “will supplant the state’s retiring coal crops.”
The assertion stated although the operational date of the undertaking has been moved again, “we’re persevering with to work alongside our trusted companions at PNM to assist New Mexico attain its 100% clear electrical energy targets.”
PNM and others say world provide issues associated to the coronavirus pandemic have slowed many industries and firms of their efforts to acquire semiconductor chips, metal, aluminum and different merchandise for development and manufacturing.
The car business, as an illustration, has been hit onerous by the scarcity of semiconductor chips.
Ron Darnell, a senior vp with PNM, stated Friday his firm will discover options.
“We aren’t working out of energy,” Darnell stated. “It’s not one thing to be alarmed about.”
PNM is predicted to debate the matter Wednesday with the Public Regulation Fee.
PNM is almost all proprietor of the San Juan Producing Station. One other firm referred to as Enchant Vitality has talked about turning the plant into one which makes use of carbon seize know-how.
Fee Chairman Stephen Fischmann of Las Cruces stated, “We’ll have a look at all the choices to be sure you fill in and make certain all the energy is there” subsequent summer time.
“I wasn’t in any respect stunned by this, fairly truthfully,” he added.
Mike Eisenfeld of the San Juan Residents Alliance stated Friday that is no purpose to stretch out the lifetime of the polluting San Juan Producing Station.
This can be a interval of transition on the planet of electrical energy, Eisenfeld stated, and the challenges shouldn’t gradual the conversion.
“It’s a great plan,” he stated of the transfer towards renewable power. “I believe it’s one thing that PNM ought to have the ability to navigate.”
San Juan Residents Alliance is an environmental group that focuses primarily on points in New Mexico and Colorado.
In contrast to Fischmann, Commissioner Joseph Maestas of Santa Fe stated he was involved concerning the scenario. “Will it delay the closure?” he requested. “I have to know what the implications are.”
Paperwork filed with the fee confirmed concern on PNM’s half, too. “PNM’s current sources, together with accessible reserves, could also be inadequate for peak interval reliability” subsequent summer time, the corporate wrote in a submitting with the fee this week.
The shortfall “would lower in subsequent months as among the tasks start to deliver their sources on-line in levels,” PNM wrote.
With regard to one of many tasks, PNM talked about a delay and “potential default.”
Fischmann stated he was glad PNM has acknowledged the challenges early.
“At this level, I don’t see any purpose for anybody to panic,” Fischmann stated. “We’ve received a while to cope with this.”