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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 12, 2021 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Rarely heard of, officials wield power over New Mexico utilities

Bill Herrmann went to an audiologist for a hearing test a few years back and, when asked about his line of work, responded that he was a hearing examiner. The audiologist expressed delight in finding a comrade in the profession, but Herrmann had to correct him. Hermann was a different kind of hearing examiner. Now retired after 30 years with the Public Regulation Commission as a hearing examiner, Herrmann was in a far different business. His profession requires both keen . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2021 • New Mexico, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Prairie-chicken listing expected to put wind farms in crosshairs

A Biden administration proposal to list the lesser prairie-chicken as endangered in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico could stymie oil and gas development in the largest U.S. petroleum basin, environmental attorneys say. And one warns it could devastate another energy source—wind power. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the proposal to grant Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled lesser prairie-chicken by listing it as endangered in the Permian Basin and threatened in a region centered . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2021 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PRC staffer raises concerns about proposed merger

A company hoping to merge with Public Service Company of New Mexico already has two wind projects in the state, both of which dodged certain requirements early on, said a staffer from a regulatory agency. John Reynolds of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has written that Avangrid, a Connecticut-based renewable energy company, needs to “address its regulatory shortcuts in New Mexico” before it wins approval to merge with PNM. The alleged shortcuts at the Torrance County wind farms are . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2021 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

A nearly 300-megawatt wind farm is in the works in Quay and Curry counties

The developer of a nearly 300-megawatt wind farm is seeking location approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The Grady Martin Wind Project would encompass more than 37,000 acres of land in Quay and Curry counties just north of the Village of Grady. The PRC unanimously approved a schedule for the location application during its meeting on Wednesday that was conducted remotely via Zoom. The order requires Grady Martin Wind, which is partnering with the Virginia-based company Apex Clean . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2021 • Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Tri-State makes solar, wind energy plan

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s wholesale electricity provider, Tri-State Generation, filed a plan with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission at the end of last year that states the wholesaler would double its solar and wind resources by 2030. Last year, the wholesaler released its responsible energy plan, which promises to close its coal power plants in New Mexico and Colorado by 2030. “It’s very impressive, and they’re intent on fulfilling it,” said association CEO Paul Erickson. “Now, it is a . . . Complete story »

January 5, 2021 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Pattern Energy moves forward on wind farms, transmission line through New Mexico

The transmission line is a collaboration between Pattern Energy and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority and is being constructed in conjunction with the wind farms. Upon its acquisition of the transmission line, PNM will operate it after its commissioning, according to a release. Sister publication the Houston Business Journal reported in November 2019 that Pattern had an agreement in place to sell it to Public Service Co. of New Mexico for about $300 million. The publication also reported that the transmission line will enable more than $1 billion of wind farm projects. Complete story »

December 22, 2020 • Letters, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Questionable energy decisions

Let me get this straight – New Mexico touts the opening of a massive 522 megawatt wind farm at a cost of about $900 million to power about 385,000 customers when the wind blows, with a life span of 25 years and an environmental footprint of 156 square miles, while it rejects an El Paso Electric proposal to build a 228 megawatt natural gas power plant at $160 million dollars to help meet future demand and to provide reliable back-up power . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico’s renewable energy sector growing in rural areas, local seek to capitalize

Renewable energy could stimulate some of New Mexico’s most rural areas and economic development leaders sought to embrace the sector to diversify economies and provide local jobs. In a panel hosted last week by Powering New Mexico, an initiative led by the American Wind Energy Association to promote the renewable sector, leaders of local economic organizations in southeast and northern New Mexico discussed how solar and wind energy developments have strengthened their economies and what needs to be done to . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable roadmap

New Mexico State University is leading a new initiative to help local communities tap into the state’s emerging green energy economy to promote business development and job creation. The Innovation and Commercialization for a Regional Energy Workforce, or iCREW project, is funded by a $750,000 grant from the U.S Economic Development Administration, with $750,000 more in matching, in-kind contributions by NMSU entities and other partners involved in the project. That includes the New Mexico-based North American Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative, which . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

NM wind energy development surges forward

Pattern Energy will break ground this fall on a 1,000-megawatt complex of wind farms in central eastern New Mexico, as well as a new 150-mile transmission line to carry those electrons to Western markets. Pattern’s Western Spirit Wind Development project represents about a $1.5 billion investment that will generate some 1,000 construction jobs over the next year and more than 150 permanent jobs, according to the company. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in Pattern’s plans for the . . . Complete story »

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