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Guzman Energy lights up Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium with new scoreboards

Guzman Energy – exclusive energy partner to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) in Taos – debuted two brand new scoreboards inside Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium prior to the start of Peñasco High School’s homecoming Jan. 28. In February 2017, Guzman Energy announced the exclusive partnership with KCEC to generate renewable energy to cover 100 percent of the daytime load for the northern New Mexico counties of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba – saving the co-op’s 300,00 members $50-$70 million during the next 10 years. The donation of the custom-built, energy-efficient wireless...

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Taos to gain more renewable energy

SANTA FE — Taos’ electric cooperative has announced it will build its largest solar array yet, to provide power for about 1,500 area homes. In a news release, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and its provider Guzman Energy Partners say Taos town officials signed a land-lease agreement along with a 30-year solar power purchase agreement for a four-megawatt solar power array at The Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. Earlier this year, the Town Council approved a one-megawatt solar array at a cost to the town of about $2 million. A new project,...

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Miami businessman sole Hispanic in New York Stock Exchange

Leo Guzmán nunca imaginó en su pueblo de Encrucijada, en la provincia de Las Villas en Cuba, que sería el único hispano miembro de la Bolsa de Valores de Nueva York. De las 1,366 bancas que tiene la Bolsa, que pertenecen a los bancos de inversión y agentes de bolsa más importantes de Estados Unidos, Guzmán ocupa una de ellas. El presidente y fundador de las compañías Guzman & Company y Guzman Energy, ambas con sede en Coral Gables, adquirió su membresía en 1992 y hoy sigue siendo un hito...

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Aztec reduces dependency on fossil fuels

AZTEC — About a decade after Aztec started looking to decrease its reliance on fossil fuels, the city is now looking at a future where it could possibly get less than 20 percent of its electricity from fossil fuel sources. During a meeting last month, officials from Guzman Energy, which sells power to Aztec, told the City Commission that Aztec could receive 40 percent of its power from wind in the future. That will be in addition to the 37 percent it currently receives from hydropower. The city also receives...

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Solar Projects In The Works

Plans move forward for a floating solar array in Jackson County, while Mountain Parks Electric considers its own solar projects. In Jackson County, the town of Walden’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously this week to build a solar array that will help power the town’s water treatment plant. Jim Dustin, the Mayor of Walden, said at the Mountain Parks Electric August board meeting that the project “will be unique in Colorado – it will be a floating array.” Dustin said the cost of the 50 kilowatt solar array will be...

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Is Kit Carson’s renewable goal also the answer to rural America’s woes?

Taos, the resort community in New Mexico, is not hardscrabble in the way of so much of rural America. Billionaire Louis Bacon has been plowing money into the Taos Ski Valley, one of four ski areas in the area. Julia Roberts lives in Taos when not working somewhere. And it has 60 art galleries, a reflection of the playful light in high, desert landscape that has drawn artists and writers since Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and D.H. Lawrence. Now, Taos is seeking to get creative with its energy systems. Last...

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SMPA pushes for renewable energy

As renewable energy becomes more affordable to produce, local energy cooperatives are looking for ways to get out of their costly contracts with coal-reliant energy providers. One such organization, the New Mexico-based Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, recently ended its contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association for this very reason. According to a report in High County News, one reason it was cheaper for Kit Carson to exit its $37 million contract with Tri-State is because its new energy supplier, Guzman Renewable Energy Partners, agreed to pay the exit fee. The Delta-Montrose...

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Electric reVOLT?

A piecemeal plan for the City of Socorro to offer electric utility service is feasible, the attorney helping the city explore the option said last week. “It’s feasible if the city starts small and builds up equity over time,” attorney Nann Winter said. Winter said there have been two engineering studies on the feasibility of the city offering electric utility service. Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker said the city is looking at offering limited service at first to New Mexico Tech, the industrial park and businesses and other facilities along the U.S. Highway...

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A New Mexico electricity co-op declares its independence

In a dramatic move last year, the Taos-based Kit Carson Electric Cooperative ended its long-term wholesale electricity contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Now, Kit Carson and its new electricity supplier, Guzman Renewable Energy Partners, have announced a plan to build 30 megawatts of solar arrays with the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for this May. When the project is completed in 2022, locally generated solar energy will supply around 30 percent of Kit Carson’s total electricity demand, and provide 100 percent of its needs during daylight hours on sunny days....

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Looking on the bright side

The two cut ties last year. On July 1, 2016, Kit Carson Electric Coop, based in Taos, bought out its contract with the region’s energy giant, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. It’s the same company that supplies power to La Plata Electric Coop as well as much of the Southwest. It’s not that the two were fighting – Kit Carson just wanted a different future. Kit Carson CEO Luis Reyes, along with the coop’s membership and governing board, wanted to move toward renewable energies. They wanted to use more solar power. But,...

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