Lujan talks alternative energy

Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Investing in alternative energy will not only reduce the country’s need for foreign oil, but will also provide an alternative revenue stream for farmers, according to Ben Lujan, the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District. Lujan spoke to more than two dozen eastern New Mexico farmers and ranchers Thursday […]

Cannon implements energy-efficient measures

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico It may take one bulb at a time but Cannon Air Force Base officials are attempting to cut its energy consumption. Cannon on Tuesday launched the Energy Star Operation Change Out, a national military campaign to reduce energy use by replacing about 1,053 light bulbs with compact fluorescent light […]

Elida lands $10,000 energy grant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Elida Municipal Schools received a $10,000 grant to fund educational programs and studies of renewable energy sources. Elida was one of 45 schools in New Mexico to receive the grant. Energy provider BP America awarded cash grant of $5,000 or $10,000 to 370 schools in eight states to implement […]

Government doesn’t belong in Pickens’ energy scheme

Editorial What we like most about T. Boone Pickens’ grand scheme for meeting America’s insatiable energy appetite and reducing the reliance on unfriendly foreign sources of oil is his willingness that all alternatives should compete. Whether it’s drilling for oil offshore, or processing natural gas shale from the heartland or capturing wind that blows from […]

Empty promise?

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By Jenna Dewitt: Freedom New Mexico With catchy names such as Rock Star, Monster, Venom and Amp, energy drinks are trendy and widely used by teens and young adults. Researchers say U.S. consumers spent $744 million on caffeinated energy drinks last year, a 34 percent increase over the previous year, according to WebMD. Advertisements for […]

Clovis, CAFB join forces on clean energy plan

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — The state, the U.S. Air Force and three New Mexico cities agreed Wednesday to pursue solar, wind and “cow power” projects with the aim of increasing the use of clean energy. The potential projects include a wind electricity generation facility and a plant to produce energy from dairy […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to continue power conservation

FNM Staff Persisting maintenance issues with two generators in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo has affected electricity production, according to an Xcel Energy press release. Xcel Energy officials are asking customers in West Texas and eastern New Mexico to continue to turn off unnecessary appliances and lights until 7 p.m. today, according to […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to limit electricity use today

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials are asking customers to limit power use today as expected electricity demands could outweigh production. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company shut down two generators Monday in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo after discovering tubes in the boilers were leaking. Reeves said the generators would […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to curb electricity use Monday afternoon

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation and transmission capacity on Monday afternoon. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on […]

Meetings will discuss renewable energy

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University. The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings […]

Portales school board reviews energy savings, lunch price increases

Thomas Garcia The Portales Municipal Board of Education is focused on reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency at Portales’ schools. The Portales School District saved $344,000 in energy cost with a four-year energy conservation program, said Portales superintendent, Randy Fowler,

Xcel Energy may implement power outages

By Keely McDowell There is a “distinct possibility” eastern New Mexico and West Texas will have controlled power outages this summer if above-average temperatures continue, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. Reeves said if Xcel is unable to meet demands this summer, the company could shut down power to randomly selected 50 megawatt areas for […]

Recent election may change Iran’s politics

Freedom New Mexico The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that while there is still no solid evidence that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, the possibility is still “a matter of serious concern.” The reason is Iran is still playing cat-and-mouse with the IAEA in ways that cannot help but arouse […]

Summer science institute scheduled

New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Inc. is hosting the Summer Science of Energy Institute June 15-20 on the campus of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. The registration fee is $20 and three hours college credit through ENMU-Roswell is available. Information: Betty Chancey, 624-7129.

Ute pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

Biogas plants planned for Curry and Roosevelt counties on hold

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The home loan crash has affected the start of another proposed alternative-energy facility in the area. Gibbs Energy president Joe Maceda said the construction of a biogas facility that would extract methane gas from cow manure has been stalled after the primary investor for the $25 million project was […]

Energy future needs sustained federal support

By Brian Moore Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are more than just United States senators from New Mexico. They are also national leaders on energy policy with more than 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill.

Cannon considered location for nuclear reactor

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned Friday that it’s too early to speculate on location, even if a reactor is built. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne was quoted in a […]

Congressional candidate touts change

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don Wiviott, candidate for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional district, told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women on Monday he is capable of finding solutions to America’s problems and will actively work for change in government. “This is a year, honest to God, for change,” Wiviott said. “But if […]

House helping power Super Bowl

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Among all the excitement and hype of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLII, the little community of House in Quay County has become a player. Its wind turbines are helping the National Football League produce a “green” Super Bowl event in Phoenix. The NFL calls it the “greening of the Super […]