Farmington Takes Steps to Keep Coal Plant Open

Representative from Acme Equities, LLC and Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes sign the initial agreement for SJGS.

The parties are finalizing the details of their agreement and will begin negotiations with other owners to transfer their interests in the station.

From the City of Farmington:

The City of Farmington and Acme Equities LLC, a New York City based private holding company that focuses on North American energy assets, have signed an agreement to continue operating the San Juan Generating Station. The parties are finalizing the details of their agreement and will begin negotiations with other owners to transfer their interests in the station.

City Manager Rob Mayes stated the following regarding the initial agreement to continue operations of San Juan Generating Station,

“After two years of what feels like a nearly full-time focus on a single critical issue, we have reached a milestone that few people thought remotely possible. By identifying and entering into an agreement with a capable new owner to continue operations of San Juan Generating Station and associated San Juan Mine well beyond 2022, we have potentially saved 1,600 jobs of real people and countless New Mexican families. Additionally, the prospect now exists to maintain the property tax base for the Navajo Nation, Central Consolidated Schools, San Juan County, San Juan College, Farmington and the State of New Mexico, and to avoid countless incalculable negative economic impacts to our businesses and community members.

Farmington welcomes a responsible energy transition with an appropriate glide path that continues to protect the environment, while avoiding economic disaster to our region and state. San Juan Generating Station is environmentally responsible, having already reduced its total emissions by 60 percent and is even compliant with the most stringent emissions standards proposed by President Obama in the unadopted 2015 Clean Power Plan. It is economically viable as a lowest cost producer of electricity to New Mexicans, and it has decades of service life remaining with minimal capital investment. Prematurely scraping it at the expense of tax payers and rate payers throughout the state is simply irresponsible and unnecessary.

Preserving jobs and the plant and mine operations to the end of their previously planned remaining useful life has been and will continue to be an extraordinary team effort by many dedicated people. This fight began under the mayoral leadership of former Mayor Tommy Roberts, and the mantle was strongly picked up by Mayor Nate Duckett. The City of Farmington elected Council members have remained unwavering in their support throughout, and our partnership with San Juan County leaders and Four Corners Economic Development Inc. has been invaluable.

The next step is to finalize the details of a formal purchase agreement and commence logistical negotiations with the declared departing other owners of the plant. There is much work yet to do. However, make no mistake, this is a momentous milestone in the process!”

More from Local News

  • Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting

    The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Lamar Light of Albuquerque, NM. is currently under 24-hour surveillance at UNM Hospital until he can be transported back to San Juan County to be booked on his charges of aggravated assault on a police officer (deadly weapon), aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident knowingly (death or great bodily harm), receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, three counts of criminal damage to property, and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

  • Update: Suspect Charged In Fatal Stabbing

    Detectives with the Farmington Police Department have identified the suspect in yesterday’s fatal stabbing as 26-year-old Derrick Charley. Charley was arrested on the warrant and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.

  • County Warns of Property Tax Scam

    According to reports, a caller will demand payment by credit card, over the phone for delinquent tax payments. The caller will threaten to sell the taxpayer’s property at auction if payment isn’t made immediately. This is a scam and taxpayers are advised to hang up.

  • Collective Bargaining at San Juan College?

    In response, San Juan College Board of Trustees President John Thompson said it would be inappropriate for the Board to voluntarily recognize any group without an election.  Thompson went on to cite the San Juan College Labor Management Relations resolution that was adopted in 2004.  He says the group of faculty need to follow the prescribed steps to organize into a collective bargaining unit.

  • Gov. Appoints Gurley to District Court Judgeship

    Curtis Raymond Gurley currently works as the General Counsel for Aztec Well Family of Companies. He has 30 years of legal experience in New Mexico.

  • Update: One Dead in Plane Crash South of Farmington

    State Police say the pilot, Marvin Monroe Casey, 59, of Big Springs, TX was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

On KSJE Now:

Today's Weather

  • Farmington, NM

    Light rain shower

    High: 61°F | Low: 43°F

  • Durango, CO


    High: 54°F | Low: 36°F

  • Shiprock, NM

    Light rain shower

    High: 63°F | Low: 43°F

  • Cortez, CO

    Light rain shower

    High: 55°F | Low: 36°F

  • Santa Fe, NM

    Sunny intervals

    High: 64°F | Low: 45°F