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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 24, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County OK not needed? SunZia doesn’t need commissioners’ approval for eminent domain

SunZia Southwest Transmission Project officials do not have to seek the authorization of the Socorro Board of County Commissioners if they choose to obtain property through eminent domain. Socorro County Attorney Adren Nance said authorization from the county was not required for the 515-mile project that would transport energy generated from wind farms in eastern New Mexico to a hub just west of Phoenix. The project would supply electricity to users in Arizona and California. “SunZia may either be able . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Massive Xcel wind project breezes through PRC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Plans for two massive wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas won unanimous approval from regulators on Wednesday, after Xcel Energy came up with a new way to cover its costs during the project’s first couple of years of operation. Xcel expects Texas regulators will quickly give their approval to the $1.6 billion project, after which construction can begin on the Texas Hale farm in the next few months, said Brooke Trammell, Xcel’s director of customer and . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Portales wins approval from PRC

Xcel Energy got unanimous approval Wednesday from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for plans to build what would be the largest wind farm in the state. The company says the Sagamore Wind Project on 100,000 acres about 20 miles south of Portales and a second massive wind farm on the Texas side of the state line will produce enough wind energy to power about 360,000 homes in Eastern New Mexico and Texas. An Xcel news release said the Minnesota-based . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Air Force training route cuts possible wind turbine numbers

A blow has been struck against two wind farm projects in eastern Torrance County. A military training route goes through the proposed wind farm area that is being built by AvanGrid Renewables for the Lucia and La Joya projects. “While we appreciate the (state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn’s) strong support and acknowledgment of the tremendous economic development opportunities that occur when we build wind farms and his duty to maximize revenues for state lands, we are also respectful of the . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Air Force concerns put wind farm’s future up in the air

The future of Torrance County’s El Cabo wind project is now in limbo. The U.S. Air Force determined 61 of the proposed 114 turbines would get in the way of military training flight paths could not be completed. The conclusion irked New Mexico State Land Office Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, who called the decision “military tyranny.” Dunn was told just a few weeks ago that nearly half the turbines could not be built. Letters exchanged between Dunn and the Air Force . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Dunn asks for compensation for military demands that led to “scrapping” of wind project on state trust land

More than half of a wind energy project planned on state trust lands in Torrance County was scrapped after approval for the project was held up by the federal government, information from the New Mexico State Land Office stated. As a result, New Mexico’s public schools and Carrie Tingley Hospital, the beneficiaries of the project, will lose out on roughly $25-million and State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is asking the United States Air Force for compensation. Wind farms and transmission . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Examiner throws cold water on Xcel wind plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Xcel Energy’s plans to build two massive wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas have hit a potential project-killing road block at the Public Regulation Commission. PRC hearing examiner Elizabeth Hurst wants commissioners to reject a proposal that would allow the utility to recover lost earnings that accumulate during the time that lags between when the wind farms actually come online and when the commission eventually approves new rates for cost recovery and profits on its project. . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PNM wants to add wind and solar farms for Facebook facility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two new wind farms and a solar facility may be built in New Mexico to supply another 266 megawatts of renewable energy to Facebook’s massive data center in Los Lunas. Public Service Co. of New Mexico asked the Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday to approve power purchase agreements with third-party producers to build new generating facilities in eastern, central and western New Mexico. PNM is already building three solar plants of its own in Los Lunas to supply . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners consider industrial revenue bonds for wind projects

Lincoln County commissioners are considering issuing industrial revenue bonds for one or more of the companies pursuing development of wind farms in northern areas of the county. But before they act, commissioners told a consultant last week they want to see an analysis of different formulas to determine the value of the alternate power sources, delineation of the methods of repayment and comparisons with other locales in New Mexico that have approved industrial bonds. Erik Harrigan with RBC Capital Markets, . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico AG, others reach agreement on proposed wind farms

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, consumer advocates and others have reached a settlement with Xcel Energy over the utility’s plans to add more wind power for customers in New Mexico and parts of Texas. The proposed agreement was filed Monday with New Mexico utility regulators for approval. The Public Utility Commission of Texas also will have to sign off, but officials said some work remains before a final agreement can be presented to regulators there. The Sagamore Wind Project . . . Complete story »

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