New Mexico utility to dedicate new natural gas power plant

Public Service Company of New Mexico

BELEN, N.M. (AP) – One of New Mexico’s largest utilities is dedicating a new multi-million-dollar natural gas power plant capable of generating enough electricity for 25,000 average homes.

Official with Public Service Co. of New Mexico, business leaders and community members are gathering Thursday afternoon near Belen to dedicate the 40-megawatt La Luz Energy Center.

State regulators gave the project the green light in June 2014.

It’s located near existing transmission lines and two major natural gas pipelines, which utility officials say will help keep operational costs down.

Officials say the plant will also provide an estimated $562,000 a year in tax revenue for Valencia County. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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