Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

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.

Fire leaves about 1,300 without electricity

A fire on a power line caused 1,355 Xcel Energy customers in Portales to lose electricity Friday night. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said it appeared a lightning arrester failed in the 100 block of South Avenue E, causing the current to run onto the utility pole and start a fire. The fire burned the line […]

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.

Xcel Energy plans for upgrades

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Alisa Boswell A colder-than-normal Feburary has given New Mexico power companies even more incentive to make power system upgrades. Xcel Energy had upgrades already in the works, but company spokesperson Wes Reeves said power outages on days featuring below-freezing were eye-opening. Reeves said during Portales’ cold spell, the most drastic temperatures were in the early […]

Press release: Xcel to upgrade local power system

Xcel Energy is spending $874,000 to add capacity to the Portales electric distribution system to remedy imbalances in the system that caused power outages in the recent bouts of extremely cold weather. Changes in customer usage patterns and growing electrical load have overburdened portions of the Xcel Energy distribution system in parts of Portales. David […]

Press release: Xcel continues to ask for conservation

Wes Reeves AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Texas and New Mexico to join their neighbors across the region in conserving energy as regional utility systems struggle to meet high demand with diminished resources. The utility company is not planning rotating outages in the area at this time, but is cautioning […]

Xcel Energy asks for power conservation

Xcel Energy ROSWELL, N.M. – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in eastern New Mexico to conserve energy because of expected high demand on the area’s electric distribution system. The utility company urges customers in eastern New Mexico to limit their power use for the next 24 hours in order to reduce the strain on […]

No rolling outages for Xcel customers

Xcel customers will not be included in rotating power outages throughout the “Texas Grid,” according to a press release. Power users connected to the Texas Grid, or Electric Reliability Council of Texas, are expected to experience rotating outages due to lack of electricity generation, a press release from Xcel Energy said. However, Xcel customers are […]

Xcel applying short-term fix for power problems

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Sharna Johnson An Xcel spokesman said a short-term solution to Portales’ power troubles has been found and crews are working to resolve recent problems. Technicians are installing a higher capacity breaker in a substation near downtown Portales while at the same time working to shift power loads from overloaded lines, spokesman Wes Reeves said Tuesday. […]

Xcel awards CCC $4,000 grant

The Xcel Energy Foundation this week provided a $4,000 grant to Clovis Community Colleges, according to a press release from Xcel Energy. The $36,000 in grants made to nine nonprofit groups were made through the Arts & Culture focus area of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which grants money to nonprofit groups working in towns and […]

ENMU wins bid for solar energy project

Xcel Energy has awarded a major solar energy project to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales that will offset nearly half of the energy needs on campus over a 20-year period. The project will generate approximately two megawatts of installed system capacity on the site. ENMU won the bid in a competitive process through the […]

Xcel coal plant wins award

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Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station opened its doors to nearly 100 people for tours Tuesday after it was named the Plant of the Year by a national coal trade group early this year. The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group recognized the power plant, located near Muleshoe, citing its safe operations, high reliability and […]

Press release: Portales MainStreet program granted $10,000 from Xcel Energy Foundation

The Xcel Energy Foundation will be presenting the Portales MainStreet Program with a $10,000 Economic Sustainability grant on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11:00am at the Portales City Hall, 100 West First Street, Portales. The monies will be used toward the Portales MainStreet Program’s projects and initiatives. The Xcel Energy Foundation offers grant opportunities in […]

Press release: Xcel warns of controlled outages

AMARILLO — In the wake of an unplanned generation outage, Xcel Energy has declared an Energy Alert in its Texas and New Mexico service territory and is urging customers to cut back on their use of electricity. The alert is in effect until 7 p.m. Xcel Energy declares an Energy Alert only when a reduction […]

Xcel again asks customers to conserve

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Xcel asks for customers’ conservation help

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request […]

Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Southwestern Public Service Company 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 […]