Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

Robin Fornoff The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the [...]

Grant provides certificate program

Thomas Garcia A new 12-week program available at the North American Wind Research and Training Center will increase employment opportunities for those interested in wind energy studies. Jim Morgan, Director of the NAWRTC said Mesalands Community College is now offering an Occupational Certificate in Basic Wind Energy Technology. “The certification is tailored for workforce development,” [...]

Landowner’s associations discuss wind energy

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Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in [...]

Xcel donates wind energy scholarship

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Special to QCS Mesalands Community College recently received $5,000 from Xcel energy for scholarships, for students pursuing a degree in wind energy technology at the North American Wind Research and Training Center. As the number one provider of wind energy in the United States, Xcel has made it a priority to invest in their communities [...]

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 [...]

Entrepeneur sees solar potential in Tucumcari

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QCSun Staff At their Nov. 11 meeting, city commissioners unanimously agreed to back an engineer’s effort to secure a loan for a prototype solar energy conversion system to help power the Tucumcari Wastewater Treatment Facility. Robert Hockaday, engineer and president of Energy Related Devices, is seeking a $550,000 bank loan to fund the project. The [...]

Xcel Energy seeking Texas rate increase

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas to recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce. Riley Hill, president and CEO of SPS, said the increase in rates is needed because the regional economy is changing and [...]

Press release: Rep. Roch proposes greater role for landowners in renewable energy

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE – State Representative Dennis Roch (R-Tucumcari) introduced House Bill 104 this week in an effort to increase the input of landowners in the renewable energy industry. “With the construction of wind turbines and transmission lines on private property,” said Roch, “it is vital that landowners have a voice in the [...]

God provides needed energy

By Leonard Lauriault The term, “juice” has several meanings to me. The most common use refers to the fruit drinks like the orange juice we have for breakfast that energize us for the day. When I was growing up, “juice” also referred to electricity. If someone changed a fuse they might call out to another,“Okay, [...]

City, county receive stimulus dollars for energy efficiency renovations

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By Thoma Garcia: Quay County Sun The U.S. Department of Energy has approved more than $250,000 in federal stimulus money for two area agencies to use in energy efficiency renovations. The city of Tucumcari and Quay County will receive a portion of the $8.1 million stimulus funds approved on Monday by USDOE. In all, 21 [...]