Xcel declares energy alert

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Fuzzy Padilla, left, and Joe Barnett of Xcel Energy put a pole extender in place Wednesday on Norris and 14th streets. CNJ staff Unexpected problems had Xcel Energy declaring an energy alert Wednesday in its Texas and New Mexico service territory, urging customers to cut back their use of electricity. […]

Xcel asking for energy conservation

CNJ staff Xcel Energy is asking New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request was precautionary […]

Education feature: Imaginations in gear

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jordan Marin, 10, figures out a way to connect a battery to his creature Tuesday at Mesa Elementary School during Camp Invention. Liliana Castillo Each student built a battery-operated creature out of household items during Camp Invention. It is just one exercise in the week-long Camp Invention designed to teach […]

First person(s): Still on the line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy linemen Charles Lott, left, and Chris Padilla, right, have both competed in the Linemen’s Rodeo twice. Clovis Xcel Energy linemen Chris Padilla, 26, and Charles Lott, 33, will be competing in the 19th annual Lone Star Lineman’s Rodeo Saturday at Xcel’s new Amarillo Technical Center. The two friends […]

Green energy leaves countries in red

Freedom newspapers When the sun doesn’t shine, and the wind doesn’t blow, solar and wind energy producers don’t produce, making them highly unreliable. When government subsidies come to their inevitable end, such alternative energy sources no longer are economically viable. Even if so-called renewable energy sources created legions of high-paying domestic jobs, which they don’t, […]

Press release: Senator discusses Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, Kagan nomination and clean energy legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the Environment and Public Works Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. He also discussed the national effort to encourage volunteerism in New Mexico’s communities and gave comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the […]

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 […]