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 […]

Outages keep workers busy

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas. “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to take […]

Press Release: Xcel preparing for winter storm

As of this morning, Xcel Energy has mobilized all available resources in preparation for what could be a major winter storm in the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. If we see significant icing prior to the snow, and if the storm also brings high winds, we likely will see power outages. Typical problems are […]

Portales outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

kvnbcp-13displacementoutageweb.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Cynthia Clark (left) and Terry Dawson read a newspaper Saturday while waiting at the Memorial Building for power to be restored at their home. An overloaded substation blew about 3 a.m. and Xcel crews have been working all day to restore electricity. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated […]

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 […]

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. […]

Press Release: Xcel names Hill president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy today named Riley Hill, chief operating officer of its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) subsidiary, to succeed David Eves as president and CEO of SPS.

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 […]

Press release: 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 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 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 […]

Xcel Energy launches Solar Rewards in New Mexico

Electric customers of Xcel Energy in New Mexico can now apply for Solar*Rewards incentives on small and medium solar photovoltaic (PV) generating systems installed on their homes and businesses. For small and medium systems, Xcel Energy will purchase the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated by a customer’s PV system. Credits are purchased at a rate […]

EEI honors Xcel Energy with ‘Emergency Assistance Award’ for outage restoration help

The Edison Electric Institute today honored Xcel Energy with the association’s “Emergency Assistance Award” for outstanding efforts to assist fellow utilities in restoring electricity during 2008. The award is presented annually to U.S. and foreign-based member companies to recognize outstanding efforts in restoring electric service that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other […]

NCAR Forecasts Will Help Xcel Energy Harness Wind

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has reached an agreement with Xcel Energy to provide highly detailed, localized weather forecasts to enable the utility to better integrate electricity generated from wind into the power grid. The forecasts will help operators make critical decisions about powering down traditional coal– and natural gas–fired plants when sufficient […]

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 […]

Dec. 16, 2008 Business Digest

Xcel Energy donates more than $40K to charities The Xcel Energy Foundation donated $44,500 in grants to eight eastern and southeastern New Mexico nonprofit groups, according to an Xcel news release. The grants are part of a total $185,500 in grant funding given to nonprofit groups in the company’s New Mexico and Texas service area […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to continue power conservation

CNJ staff Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday controlled power outages in the Texas-New Mexico region are a possibility if generators at two area coal burning plants remain off-line. In the meantime, customers are being asked to continue to reduce electricity demand in light of the unplanned repairs and expected high demand due to heat. The […]

Xcel Energy upgrades Energy Alert; asks for further reductions in demand

AMARILLO –