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Wind Power News: New Mexico

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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


March 7, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Push for more renewable energy clears New Mexico Senate

The legislation would set aggressive new quotas for renewable energy production by New Mexico’s publicly regulated utilities and cooperatives. The goal is to produce 50 percent of retail electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2030 and be carbon-free by 2045. Complete story »


February 20, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine topples amid high winds

Shana Shoemaker Stowe of House shared an album of photos of the downed wind turbine on Facebook. As of Monday morning, it had been shared more than 2,900 times on the popular social-media network and prompted hundreds of comments. Bryan Garner, a media-relations representative for NextEra Energy Resources that runs the Casa Mesa Wind Energy Center wind farm near House, stated in an email Sunday that the wind turbine “failed” about noon Saturday. “We monitor our sites remotely, 24/7, and . . . Complete story »


January 29, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Bill seeks electrical power competition, local control in New Mexico

Two Democratic state senators on Monday introduced a bill they say would open up New Mexico’s electricity markets to competition and give local communities control over who supplies their energy. Sens. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces and Benny Shendo of Jemez Pueblo said their Local Choice Energy Act would result in more energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar in cities, towns and pueblos throughout the state. At a Monday news conference at the Capitol, Steinborn said Senate . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Bill seeks changes to state renewable energy standard

Ask representatives from New Mexico’s three public utility companies if they’re poised to comply with a state mandate to sell 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, and the answer is likely to be a resounding yes. A deeper dive paints a more complex picture. According to data from the state Public Regulation Commission, which signs off on companies’ renewable plans, all three utilities will come up anywhere between four and eight percentage points short of the oft-publicized milestone. That’s thanks . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County signs off on $400 million wind farm

Grant County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the issuance of $400 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds for the Great Divide Wind Farm project in the southern tail of Grant County, just three days after the Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education offered their approval. The votes clear the way for what is essentially a tax break for the green energy project. “It’s almost identical to some of the wind farm projects that we’ve seen installed, mostly on the eastern side . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Formula approved for distribution of wind farm payments in lieu of taxes

After months of debate and the submission of a new proposal from Pattern Energy, Lincoln County commissioners approved a plan for division of payments in lieu of property taxes to be paid over the next 30 years for a wind power project near Corona. In a 4-1 vote last week with Commissioner Tom Stewart opposing, they adopted a proposal presented by Crystal Coffman, senior manager of business development for Pattern Energy, based on a PILT payment of $2,800 per megawatt . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

BLM holds public meeting on Borderlands Wind Project

QUEMADO, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management will be holding a public meeting in Quemado, N.M., to discuss the Borderlands Wind Project. Held Nov. 14, the meeting will also accept written public comments and provide information related to the project that proposes a wind-powered electrical generation facility on the Arizona-New Mexico border. The area in question would be south of U.S. Highway 60, near the border, on 40,348 acres of land. “Borderlands Wind LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy) is . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

BLM seeking public input on New Mexico’s Borderlands Wind project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office will hold a public meeting to accept written public comments, provide information, and answer questions related to the Borderlands Wind project. Borderlands Wind, LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy), is proposing a wind-powered electric generation facility in western Catron County, New Mexico. The Borderlands Wind Project would be built near Quemado, New Mexico, and the Arizona–New Mexico border. Subject to the BLM’s approval, construction of the Borderlands Wind energy generation facility . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Grant County Commission hears presentation on proposed wind farm at work session 101618

During discussion at the October work session on Oct. 16, 2018, on the November meeting dates, commissioners agreed to hold a combined work-and-regular-sessions meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at 9 a.m. at the Grant County Administration Center. The first item of business on the work session agenda was a presentation by Bob Karsted, wind farm project manager of Scout Clean Energy, and Mike Greczyn, a consultant with Altis, on the proposed development of the Great Divide Wind Farm LLC . . . Complete story »


October 20, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County moves wind farm deal forward

The Grant County Commission took the first step Thursday morning toward what amounts to an incentive deal for a wind farm project proposed for the southern reaches of the county. After initial public reaction to the project, however, several commissioners had some serious questions for the project’s developers. The Great Divide Wind Farm, which was first presented to the public at the commissioners’ work session on Tuesday, is being developed by Boulder, Colo.-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy LLC. . . . Complete story »


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