Residents urged to recycle

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Christina Calloway The Portales MainStreet program is urging local businesses to recycle and become more energy efficient even if it just means making small changes. Portales MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen recently attended a seminar that focused on “going green” and saving money and resources. “We want to inform people how to go green,” [...]

Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

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 conclusions of [...]

Their view: White House on energy hot seat

Robert L. Bradley Jr., CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research, offers this view on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Their view: Air pollution rule would hamper energy services

Over the New Year’s holiday, Xcel Energy officials learned the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, had delayed implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves issued this statement reflecting the company position on the court ruling: On Dec. 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a stay of the [...]

Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more [...]

Government creating another energy crisis

Government’s death grip on energy production prevents use of plentiful, affordable resources. Instead, Washington dictates use of hard-to-harness, expensive “alternative” fuels, inadequate to meet ever-growing demand. Alternative energy sources require big taxpayer subsidies and drain money from the economy, where it could be creating jobs and meeting needs without a dime of taxpayer underwriting. Washington’s [...]

White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to [...]

Stop throwing away money on green jobs

Freedom New Mexico A California state agency will suspend giving sales-tax exemptions to renewable energy manufacturers in the wake of the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Fremont-based maker of solar panels that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee before closing its doors in September. Meanwhile, the federal government last week approved another $1 billion [...]

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

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 [...]

Press release: Xcel declares energy alert

AMARILLO – High electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants has led Xcel Energy to declare an Energy Alert in its Texas and New Mexico service territory. Xcel Energy is urging customers to cut back on their use of electricity until 8 p.m.