U.S. needs to revisit nuclear-generated electricity possibilities

Freedom Newspapers S en. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three […]

Government needs to focus on cleaner energy

By Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the Southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 […]

Wind plant construction set for May

By Tony Parra Construction on a new wind power plant with 120 wind turbines will begin in May, according to Jan Paulin, Padoma Wind Power president. Xcel Energy Inc. contracted with Padoma Wind Power LLC of La Jolla, Calif., to purchase all the electricity from Padoma’s planned “San Juan Mesa Wind Project” near Elida for […]

It’s time to privatize the Power Marketing Administrations

Freedom Newspapers Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing […]

Elida wind farm to be operating by 2005

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Two goals of the new wind energy farm in Elida are less dependence on fossil fuels and less expensive energy costs for customers. So says Bill Crenshaw, Xcel Energy corporate communications manager. Padoma Wind Power of La Jolla, Calif., will be developing a 120-megawatt wind farm […]

Energy providers, legislators, leaning toward wind power

By Tony Parra From energy providers to legislators to energy plant manufacturers, it seems that the consensus is that the United States is heading towards more energy being provided from clean energy providers. Tracy Broeder, a wind technician for Florida Power and Light, talked about wind energy on Wednesday and how feasible it would be […]

School looks to cut energy bills

By Tony Parra Portales public officials are implementing an energy conservation program in hopes of saving thousands of dollars each year on energy costs. Portales school officials went into a four-year agreement with Energy Education, Inc. last week. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said the school district does not have to pay any money up […]

School board members approve budget

By Tony Parra Portales Schools Finance Director Murphy Quick had Portales school board members place their stamp of approvals on the 2004-05 fiscal budget for the Portales Municipal school district. All of the members, except for Inez Rodriguez, signed the budget at the end of the meeting. Rodriguez was unable to attend the meeting, and […]

Researchers look into manure-based energy

Tony Parra Nothing goes to waste. Not even waste goes to waste. Not anymore, at least. Researchers at New Mexico State University are investigating a more efficient method of creating electric energy out of manure. NMSU civil engineers Z.A. Samani and Adrian Hanson have been working on enhancing the two-phase bio-fermentation process, which would be […]

Water officials add more to Ute project

Jack King MELROSE — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to add three more construction efforts to the Ute Water Project, raising the cost of the project by $10 million. The additions bring the total construction cost of the project to $263 million, said ENMRWA Project Manager Scott Verhines. […]