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, […]

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2-5 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 13 Drop-out rate A memorial (HM 46) by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, would require the Public Education Department to examine whether there’s a correlation between 4th and 8th grade reading and math proficiencies and high school drop-out rates. “For many years there has been a […]

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.

Xcel decreases proposed rate hike

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy still plans to seek a rate increase, just not as much as orginally planned. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves Tuesday said the company plans to revise a request filed with the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission last December seeking a 6.2-percent rate increase. Reeves said Xcel and customers groups have […]

Udall: Indian country youth suicide rates demand attention, help

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Area stores find shoplifting at normal rate

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PNT Photo: Clarence Plank Shane Nichols, assistant manager at Russell’s Super Save in Portales, points to one of many different medicine items that shoplifters steal from stores. By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The recession may have shoplifting on the rise nationally, but this holiday season Clovis and Portales appear to be bucking the trend. […]

Xcel proposes rate increase

CNJ staff Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase would raise […]