Wind Power News: Arizona
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Noting that there’s no longer a demand for large-scale solar projects, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors has nixed the proposed Renewable Energy Incentive District (REID) project. Although not wanting formal districts, the supervisors still asked that maps be drawn designating areas considered suitable for such projects. The goal of the project had been to identify areas in the county where solar development could be encouraged to minimize impact on the community. Officials had hoped that offering incentives, such as . . .
KINGMAN – The slump in the economy has put the expansion of a wind turbine project outside of Kingman on a temporary hold. Western Wind Energy will ask the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year extension of time on a rezone for the second phase of its wind farm in the foothills near the Nucor steel plant. According to information provided to the commission, Western Wind Energy is still negotiating an agreement to sell the energy generated . . .
SunZia signs deal with wind energy company; Controversy remains over transmission project’s plans to cross WSMR land
SunZia, the company that hopes to build energy transmission lines stretching across 515 miles of New Mexico and Arizona, announced Friday that it had signed an anchor tenant. SunZia said it had a letter of intent from First Wind Energy for its Southwest Transmission Project. First Wind Energy reserved up to 1,500 megawatts of transmission capacity, according to a statement from SunZia. First Wind is developing high-capacity wind generation projects in central New Mexico. “Expressed interest for transmission service from . . .
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors agreed to submit a letter of protest of the route selected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that permits SunZia Southwest Transmission, LLC., to install two parallel power lines that will run through the northwest corner of the county and the Lower San Pedro River Valley. Supervisor Ann English, chair of the board of supervisors, explained that the county had to have its notice of protest filed by July 15 and to meet . . .
SunZia, the company proposing a $1.2 billion power transmission system that could create 18,000 construction jobs in New Mexico, says it will scotch the project if its preferred route is rejected by the federal government. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is to decide in September whether to approve the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project’s application for right of way on federal lands and other amendments for property use. The Department of Defense and others are concerned the route preferred by . . .
The Defense Department and environmental groups find themselves facing a common enemy in their strong opposition to a proposed 515 mile high-voltage electric transmission line touted as a way to transmit “green” wind energy from rural New Mexico to urban markets in Arizona and potentially California. The proposed SunZia system includes two single-circuit, bi-directional 500 kV transmission lines strung from 135-foot towers spaced 1,400 feet apart along the proposed route, which runs from a substation near the small town of . . .
KINGMAN – The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved a major wind project that would place up to 243 wind turbines on federal land as part of the Mohave County Wind Farm. The project, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America Inc., will provide up to 500 megawatts to the electricity grid that could power up to 175,000 houses. Also, it will create about 750 direct and indirect jobs through construction and operations, with those employees making about . . .
On June 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the approval of a major wind energy project in Arizona that, when built, will provide up to 500 megawatts to the electricity grid—enough energy to power up to 175,000 houses—and create approximately 750 jobs through construction and operations. The project advances President Obama’s comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution and move the country’s economy toward domestic-made clean energy sources, thus hopefully slowing the effects of climate change. As part of . . .
The Obama administration has granted final approval to a sprawling wind power project stretching across nearly 40,000 acres of public land in northwest Arizona that would become the state’s largest wind farm. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today that the agency will issue a record of decision (ROD) approving Houston-based BP Wind Energy North America Inc.’s 500-megawatt Mohave County Wind Farm Project. The project would string together as many as 243 wind turbines across 35,000 acres managed by the Bureau . . .
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed off on a wind power facility that would cover almost 60 square miles of public lands in Arizona near the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Mohave County Wind Farm, built by BP Wind Energy North America, would include up to 243 wind turbines with blades about 180 feet long. The project would occupy 35,329 acres of land under the Bureau of Land Management and 2,781 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land, and would . . .