Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

Freedom New Mexico 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. [...]

Tres Amigas founder lobbies for support

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer 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 Development Association (FREDA), one major speaker of interest on Saturday was Phil Harris, CEO [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

Freedom New Mexico 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 [...]

Energy bill could raise utility rates

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer 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 [...]

March 13, 2009 legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 8 The living daylights: The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 7-1 on Thursday in favor of a bill to abolish daylight saving time in New Mexico. In a news release, bill sponsor Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, said “There are so many reasons for New Mexico to exempt itself from [...]

Investing in the wind

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Harnessing the wind to be used as an energy source was the first step. Now transporting and storing wind energy are the only two things holding back a possible slew of renewable energy projects in eastern New Mexico. “This whole region has a tremendous resource in wind energy,” said Xcel [...]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the [...]

Dec. 23, 1973

A national energy crunch closed much of the electric Christmas displays in Portales but promted the Chamber of Commerce Garden Club to hold a luminaria contest, in which the Floren Thomson family was declared the winner.