LUBBOCK, Texas – Mark Barton has been named plant director of Xcel Energy’s Jones Generating Station southeast of Lubbock.
Jones is a natural gas-fueled power generating station comprised of two steam units and two combustion turbines. With a capacity of 850 megawatts, it is Xcel Energy’s third-largest power generating complex on the Texas-New Mexico system.
Barton began service with the company in 1981 as a plant engineer at Plant X Generating Station near his hometown of Earth, Texas. He later worked at the Celanese Chemical Plant near Pampa, Texas as a rebuild project engineer before moving to Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas where he held the positions of engineer, controls superintendent, engineering manager and later plant director over the Tolk/Plant X Generating Complex. He comes to Jones by way of the Harrington/Nichols Generating Complex near Amarillo, where he was plant director.
Barton graduated from Springlake-Earth High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Texas Tech University. He is a 30-year member of the Lion’s Club and served as president of the Earth Lions Club. He has been involved with the United Charity Golf Tournament, the Ryan Palmer Foundation, AMBUCS Derby Days, Family Support Services, High Plains Children’s Home and the Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo and Lubbock. He recently was honored for his support of Amarillo’s Another Chance House.