Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

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Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Sunday outage surprises

Russell Anglin Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns out I didn’t. I threw […]

Winds of fortune on horizon?

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Take a bunch of wind turbines, those tall columns with the propellers (and a generator) on top, site them in a carefully designed group, and tie them together into an electric grid, and you’ve created what is known as a wind farm. Now creating a wind farm leaves most […]

Power outages shouldn’t make us powerless

By Lynn Moncus We surely become powerless in more ways than one when the electricity goes off. Actually, the outage Friday evening wasn’t very hard on those of us not involved in business because we could amble to a neighbor’s porch to watch the traffic, see the stars clearly and visit quietly. Of course, we […]

Blackout highlights needs

Lynn Moncus Through the years, we have visited about our dependence upon utilities and how we didn’t have to worry about them when we had no running water, electricity, or natural gas. We just went on about our business as long as we had carried in enough water, had plenty of coal oil, and had […]

Quay County to house second wind farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP, announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind-power project, which is located on the caprock south an west San Jon about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the […]

Trip sends columnist tilting at windmills

Lynn Moncus You have noticed through the years that this country person is just a little slow in accepting the many changes in our way of life. Well, last Sunday, Aggie and I returned to the Ima area in order to confuse me more than ever. I realized I was standing in the past, present, […]