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SANTA FE — State regulators will not investigate the Public Service Company of New Mexico's role in financing the purchase of a coal mine.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday voted to permanently table a motion filed in February by New Energy Economy. The nonprofit had sought an investigation into the details of a PNM subsidiary that loaned Westmoreland Coal Co. $125 million to purchase the San Juan Coal Mine.

PRC general counsel said commissioners likely didn't have the authority for such an investigation since the financing occurred through a parent company and subsidiary of PNM, not through the utility.

A New Energy Economy official called the PRC vote irresponsible.

A PNM spokeswoman says customers will benefit from the savings of the new coal agreement.

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