Energy company breaks ground for wind farm

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abundant Energy Chief Executive Officer Kurt Knapton explains how wind turbines will be built on the company’s six-acre piece of land south of Clovis after a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine company broke ground for a five-megawatt wind farm and manufacturing plant […]

Press release: Groundbreaking for Vert-I-Go Wind Energy, LLC to be held in Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico – On Wednesday, June 23, a groundbreaking will take place for the initial operating site of Vert-I-Go Wind Energy LLC at a location south of Clovis. Vert-I-Go, a subsidiary of Abundant Energy LLC, reached an agreement with the City of Clovis in January to purchase six acres of land south of the […]

Power restored in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico About 2,200 Xcel Energy customers in Clovis lost power just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said. Power was restored around 11:30 p.m. Reeves said the customers are in central and west Clovis.

Tres Amigas partners with Viridity Energy Inc.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Wednesday’s announcement of partnership between Viridity Energy Inc. and Tres Amigas is just one more step in bringing forward the first power superstation to connect the nation’s power grids. Viridity will supply the software and network operating system to make it possible for Tres Amigas to sell its transmission […]

Tres Amigas will pair with Viridity Energy

The Associated Press CLOVIS — The company that hopes to connect United States power grids at a site in eastern New Mexico has announced an operations agreement to build and run the site. The Tres Amigas company is pairing with Viridity Energy, Inc., on the project. The proposed Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, announced last […]

Utility seeking Texas rate increase

CNJ staff Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas to recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce. Riley Hill, president and CEO of SPS, said the increase in rates is needed because the regional economy is changing and growing, […]

Press release: Xcel Energy files for increase in Texas base rates

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas that will recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce necessary to maintain and sustain regional economic and industrial growth. Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, […]

Press Release: Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station recognized by coal trade group

AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental stewardship. Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award. PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes […]

‘Comprehensive’ energy proposal bears watching

Freedom New Mexico Although the devil is always in the details, President Barack Obama is to be commended for proposing to reopen a limited amount of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf for exploration, analysis, leasing and possible oil and gas drilling in the next few years. He has already taken a good deal of grief […]

Bingaman talks energy efficiency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about bipartisan legislation he has introduced that would lead to the manufacture and use of more energy efficient everyday appliances. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

Wind farm official says they hope to break ground ‘as fast as possible’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When looking for a place to set up their wind farm startup, Abundant Energy was blown away by what they saw in Clovis. The company, which has agreed to start subsidiary Vert-I-Go Energy in Clovis on 6 acres of land south of the city landfill, said the area’s excitement […]

Wind energy company chooses Clovis for plant

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Vert-I-Go Wind Energy has chosen Clovis for its foray into wind farm operation and turbine manufacturing, and expects to bring in 60 jobs by 2013. A subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Abundant Energy, Vert-I-Go has reached a preliminary agreement with the city to purchase 6 acres of land south of […]

Press Release: Xcel planning solar schools

Xcel Energy is launching its Solar Schools program to provide area students with a firsthand look at how solar energy works as they integrate their studies with new, community-based solar projects planned in four eastern and southeastern New Mexico cities. The first community-based solar installation was put in place last summer on the roof of […]

Meeting covers wind energy land leases

Freedom New Mexico A meeting discussing the opportunities and pitfalls of leasing land for wind energy facilities and the benefits of joining a landowners association is set for 6 p.m until 9 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board room, 100 S. Ave. A. An expert will speak at 6 p.m. and […]

Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

CNJ staff Xcel Energy named Riley Hill chief executive officer and president of its Southwestern Public Service Company subsidiary Tuesday, according to a company press release. Hill succeeds David Eves, who has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. Both changes are effective Nov. 15. […]

Tres Amigas founder asks for support in building electric superstation

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Courtesy illustration The Tres Amigas station would connect the country’s three primary electric grids. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With giant modern windmills visible on the horizon, during a day with ample sunshine, Grady was a site most apropos for presentations on renewable energy. At the second annual meeting of the Frio Ridge Energy […]

Clovis, Tucumcari granted stimulus money for energy efficiency

CNJ staff The cities of Clovis and Tucumcari and Quay County have been allotted federal stimulus money to improve energy efficiency. Clovis is to receive $500,000 for a 55-kilowatt solar power system, according to a release from the governor’s office. City Manager Joe Thomas said the system would provide energy for the Clovis Civic Center. […]

Director: Roosevelt County chamber to aid Tres Amigas project

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher said Friday he and others in the county would work with the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to support new connections to the expected Tres Amigas National Electrical Grid Superstation near Clovis. Fisher also plans to support the proposed Santa Fe transmission line […]

Press Release: Governor announces major energy plant in Curry County

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced that New Mexico will be home to the Tres Amigas Super Station, which will connect America’s three main power grids – opening the door to more efficient delivery of renewable energy through the nation’s power transmission infrastructure. “New Mexico leads the way in green and renewable energy […]

Xcel Energy seeking customers for solar power partnership

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy is boosting its New Mexico Solar*Rewards program – launched in March for customer-installed, small-scale solar generating facilities – by extending incentives to large-scale, customer-installed generating systems. A request for proposals (RFP) went out earlier this month seeking bids for at least five megawatts of energy generated by customer-owned distributed solar generating […]