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. […]

Squadron offers tips to lower utility bills

By 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron October is Energy Awareness Month and the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron offers these no-cost/low-cost tips on how to reduce household utility bills.

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 […]

Cannon recognizes Energy Awareness Month

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, signs the proclamation for energy awareness month to be October in the wing building Sep. 29. During the month of October the base will try to save money by cutting back on energy used. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th […]

Base planning meeting to cover transition issues, renewable energy

CNJ staff This quarter’s state Military Base Planning Commission meeting will include presentations on transition issues at Cannon Air Force Base and renewable energy projects, said Office of Military Base Planning and Support Director Hanson Scott. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Clovis Community College board room. Twenty-seventh Special Operations Wing […]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing […]

Education feature: CCC adds wind energy program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Darold Schultz of Portales discusses current events in wind energy in Clovis Community College’s introduction to wind energy course. The college began a wind energy program this fall. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College has added a wind energy program to their catalog this fall. Program manager […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below the national average […]

Bill could raise utility costs

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local electricity providers expect customer costs to go up if a proposed federal cap-and-trade climate legislation passes the U.S. Senate without changes. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which has a number of provisions to limit carbon emissions […]

Commission to hear presentation on renewable energy transmission lines

Today the Curry County Commission is meeting at 9 a.m. at the Grady Senior Citizens Center. Commissioners are expected to: • Hear a presentation on the status of renewable energy development and transmission line procurement from the Frio Ridge Energy Development Association. FREDA is a group representing 127 northern Curry County residents and owners. • […]

Group testing home energy measurement method

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dalinda Bangert of EcoTerra Enterprises in Santa Fe seals an air duct Tuesday prior to a leak test at a home being built in Clovis. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Current and past officials of the New Mexico Home Builders Association are pretty sure standards for energy efficiency will […]

Press release: Bingaman talks about clean energy act with New Mexico radio reporters

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters the American Clean Energy Leadership Act that was approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week.

College adds wind energy course

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees took the following action today: • Approved changes to the 2009-2001 CCC course catalog. The college was able to add wind energy to its industrial technical program with the addition of four other courses. Executive Vice President Becky Rowley said

Letters to the editor: Energy bill disaster for taxpayers

While the mainstream press is focusing our attention on waterboarding and enhanced interrogation, be aware that cap and trade legislation may come up for a vote shortly.

Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Xcel delays submitting energy rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.