Afton Generating Station
Afton Generating Station, about 12 miles southwest of Las
Cruces, N.M., can produce 210 megawatts of electricity. The
plant, which became operational in late 2002, is designed
to provide power to the Western wholesale market as well as
serve as a critical backup for emergency electricity needs
within New Mexico.
- The plant will generate $66.8 million in state and local
taxes over a 10-year period.
- The plant employs four people full-time and three part-time
managers, with an annual payroll of about $315,000.
- About 80 percent of the natural gas used at Afton will
come from within New Mexico, further boosting the state's
- The plant will meet all applicable federal and state laws
and regulations, including the Clean Air Act of 1970.
- The plant will pursue certification of its environmental
management system through an independent auditor in accordance
with the requirements of ISO 14001 (International Organization
for Standardization in Switzerland). This recognition verifies
the plant's system meets the rigorous environmental international