New Quay County Power Plan on Fast Track for OK

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A proposed power plant in eastern New Mexico’s Quay County could win approval in as little as two months.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted Tuesday to put Xcel Energy’s diesel-powered plant on a fast track for approval, a move that likely will bypass a hearing examiner.

Commission Chairman Patrick Lyons tells the Las Cruces Sun-News that the $16 million plant would solve a problem that has occasionally paralyzed the small city of Tucumcari.

Tucumcari has been left without power for hours because only one power line brings electricity to town. An old backup power plant was dismantled last year, and Xcel hopes the new plant could be running by summer 2013.

Xcel provides power to about 100,000 customers in Carlsbad, Roswell, Hobbs, Clovis, Artesia and Tucumcari.

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