Navajos look to invest in grid connection project

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has met with developers of the Tres Amigas Superstation and sees […]

Officials hope measure will keep Tres Amigas headquarters in state

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Alisa Boswell State officials are pushing a new legislative bill that would change tax laws because they believe it will encourage Tres Amigas to build their headquarters in eastern New Mexico rather than west Texas. Tres Amigas is planning to build a power grid near Clovis that will connect North America’s two major power grids […]

Xcel seeks rate increase to pay for upgrades

Thomas Garcia Xcel Energy is seeking a 6.9 percent overall increase in New Mexico base rates.Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said the proposed increase was filed Monday at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) meeting in Santa Fe.

CEO: Cost, Texas hurdles for proposed super grid

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Phil Harris knows the concept of an electrical supergrid isn’t as tangible, say, as the potential opening of a retail store or restaurant. “No, you definitely wouldn’t want to wrap your hand around a power line,” Harris said. But the Tres Amigas project, of which New Mexico native Harris […]

Energy bill in need of major overhaul

We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before the horse, Congress […]