Report: Stalled projects costing jobs, revenue

Staff and wire reports A canceled Clovis ethanol plant is among five stalled New Mexico energy projects cited as costing the state jobs and revenue in a national report released Thursday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a handful of stalled energy projects are costing New Mexico billions of dollars of investment and thousands of […]

Xcel Energy seeking rate increase

Thomas Garcia Xcel Energy is seeking a 6.9 percent increase in New Mexico electricity rates. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said the proposed increase was filed Monday at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission meeting in Santa Fe. He said the increase is needed to pay for new infrastructure that will improve reliability. Riley Hill, president […]

Biogas company takes another step forward

Kevin Wilson PolyGen Energy, LLC, a New Jersey-based biogas energy corporation, took another step Thursday to build a $22 million facility south of Clovis. White Hat Energy had been working with the city and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation since 2006. “That hit right when the economy went south,” CIDC Executive Director Chase Gentry said. […]

Press release: Biogas plant to create 73 jobs

Clovis Industrial Development Corporation (CIDC) is proud to announce that PolyGen Energy, LLC, a New Jersey based biogas energy corporation, will build a $22 million facility in Curry County. CIDC and the New Mexico Economic Development Department have been working with PolyGen Energy LLC and Gibbs Energy, LLC since 2006. The company will initially construct […]

Press release: Xcel Energy asks for power conservation

Xcel Energy ROSWELL, N.M. – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in eastern New Mexico to conserve energy because of expected high demand on the area’s electric distribution system. The utility company urges customers in eastern New Mexico to limit their power use for the next 24 hours in order to reduce the strain on […]

Xcel offering credit for lowering energy demand

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Xcel Energy is offering credit to Clovis customers in exchange for using a new tool to help lower peak demands on electric power. Customers in Roswell, Carlsbad and Artesia are also being asked to sign up for the company’s Saver’s Switch program. The voluntary program allows Xcel Energy to […]

Letter to the editor: Clean energy creates employment

The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common sense” and “approach to state politics and decreased governmental regulation of New Mexico industries.” “Common sense” is […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]

Xcel awards CCC $4,000 grant

The Xcel Energy Foundation this week provided a $4,000 grant to Clovis Community Colleges, according to a press release from Xcel Energy. The $36,000 in grants made to nine nonprofit groups were made through the Arts & Culture focus area of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which grants money to nonprofit groups working in towns and […]

Energy conservation: Preparing for cooler weather

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES As the weather shifts to cooler temperatures, we need to shift our focus from ways to stay cool to ways to insulate the home to reduce heat loss. Energy prices are on the rise, and as a result, heating costs will consume an increasingly larger portion of your household’s energy […]

Education column: Principal says positive school culture important to success

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Things are hopping at Marshall Middle School. Recent conversations with high-energy Principal Jay Brady and his staff revealed some proactively positive trends taking place at this school. Building a positive school culture is important to student success, according to Brady, as he discussed the importance of setting high standards both for academics as […]

Region going green with proposed renewable energy projects

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Workers from Sacred Power of Albuquerque put together solar panels on the roof of Lindsey Steiner Elementary School in Portales. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico is going green with several new projects planned in Clovis and Portales to take advantage or solar and wind energy. Eastern New Mexico has been […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Energy conservation: Operations enabler

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In an address to attendees at the Air Force Energy Forum III in Washington, D.C., May 28, Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz said, “We cannot overstate the criticality of every airman embracing energy as a consideration in all we do. This is a long-term imperative that carries […]

Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about his bill to establish a national renewable energy standard

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about bipartisan legislation he introduced to establish the first-ever national renewable electricity standard (RES).

New plant owner optimistic about future of biodiesel

Sharna Johnson An Iowa renewable energy company that has acquired a Clovis biodiesel plant says it is optimistic about the future of biodiesel. Wednesday, Renewable Energy Group announced it has purchased a twice-stalled biodiesel plant planned for Clovis. Company spokeswoman Alicia Clancy said REG is “excited” about its future in Clovis. However she said the […]

Xcel plant honored by coal trade group

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Every tour attendant donned hard hats and protective eyewear around the plant. The plant’s coal is next to its water retention ponds. Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station opened its doors to nearly 100 people for tours Tuesday after it was named the Plant of the Year by a national […]

Energy-saving tips featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on energy saving tips, crafts, and decorating cakes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 16th at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Laura Dellutri is a life and style expert with Healthy Housekeeper, Inc. in Overland, Park, Kan. She’s going […]

Education column: Students going green with conservation programs

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Ever had cookies baked in a solar oven? How about cooking your own solar personal pan pizza? Students in the Clovis Municipal Schools have. The CMS Energy Program and other energy conservation projects headed up by our own Mike Thomson, district energy manager for Clovis Schools, are teaching students about […]

Wind energy may be costly in long run

Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won’t accomplish its main goal. “A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated energy likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions — […]