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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.


October 8, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico wind energy projects advance renewable power agenda

A major energy provider in New Mexico announced plans to purchase a wind energy transmission line Wednesday intended to deliver wind-powered electricity across the state when completed in 2021. Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) received approval for the acquisition from the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission to purchase the Wester Spirit transmission line from Pattern Development and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) once construction is complete. Pattern and RETA were tasked with developing and building . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy firm doubles down on western wind projects

A key driver for Pattern Development’s upcoming investments is a recent decision by the state Public Regulation Commission to allow Public Service Co. of New Mexico to acquire a 165-mile (266-kilometer) transmission line that will be built through a partnership between Pattern and the state’ Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. It will connect wind farms in rural central New Mexico to other points on the grid. “That allows us to build more than a $1 billion of new wind projects in New Mexico that the line will serve,” Kottler said. Complete story »


October 5, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PRC greenlights PNM purchase of transmission line

The 165-mile Western Spirit transmission line project took a huge leap forward this week when state regulators approved Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request to acquire the line once operational in 2021. Energy company Pattern Development is building the $360 million Western Spirit line in cooperation with the state’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, a quasi-governmental entity that the Legislature created in 2007 to help finance and build transmission systems to carry wind-generated electricity from central and eastern New Mexico. . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Land office hires renewable-energy staff

SANTA FE – State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has hired two staff members to help boost renewable energy production on state trust lands. Garcia Richard, a Democrat who took office Jan. 1, won approval this year for an extra $100,000 in funding to help establish the Office of Renewable Energy – part of a push to triple the amount of wind, solar and other renewable energy generated on state trust land. New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands oversees 14,000 square miles . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County Commissioners hear Western Spirit complaints

The Socorro County Board of Commissioners last week heard from a dozen residents of the county who are fighting to stop a high voltage transmission line from running through properties in southern Valencia County and northern Socorro County. The Western Spirit Transmission Line is a proposed 140-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line that will collect renewable power from a wind farm near Clines Corners and deliver approximately 1,000 megawatts of power to the existing grid in northwestern New Mexico. One property owner, . . . Complete story »


September 5, 2019 • New Mexico, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Large wind energy project proposed east of Round Valley

SOCORRO, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public meeting on Sept. 18 on the proposed Borderlands Wind Project. The meeting will start at 5 p.m., and will be held at the Quemado Elementary School and High School Cafeteria, located at 3484 Highway 60, Quemado, NM 87829. The BLM published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019, for a draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft Resource Management Plan amendment to analyze . . . Complete story »


August 8, 2019 • Letters, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Beyond wind and solar

I can’t believe anyone actually thinks New Mexico can decarbonize by 2050. That is exactly what the state is trying to do with their Clean Energy Transition Act (CETA) which plans to replace fossil fuels for generating electricity with non-fuel intermittent based wind and solar energy assisted by natural gas (oops, that’s stored carbon). New Mexico regulators are just now charting the CETA requirements into two parallel paths, one to determine how to finance and implement the decommissioning of the . . . Complete story »


August 6, 2019 • Letters, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Consumers deserve full story on wind turbines

I have to chuckle every time I read a story about “carbon-free” wind turbines. These reports do a disservice to readers because they do not fully explain what makes these turbines run (hint: it is something we produce a lot of here in New Mexico) or that they are manufactured. These stories also do not explain how much of our power comes from wind (hint: it is not a huge amount) and, very often, they do not explain the strides . . . Complete story »


July 16, 2019 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind turbine project in Eddy County has many dangers

Proposed wind turbine project in Eddy County has many dangers On March 28, EDF Renewables North America, a division of a French global energy conglomerate, announced the Oso Grande Wind Project, to be “located in southeastern New Mexico.” It includes a total of 61 wind generating turbines. The turbines’ electricity outputs “will be delivered to Tucson (Arizona) through existing transmission lines that connect to TEP’s transmission system in eastern Arizona,” (according to www.edf-re.com). To be clear, I like the French . . . Complete story »


July 10, 2019 • Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

GE probes third turbine collapse at US wind farms this year

A GE turbine has collapsed at a wind farm in Nebraska, marking the third such incident involving its turbines in the US this year – although Recharge understands investigations of the two earlier failures suggests no common factor behind the spate of dramatic topplings. The latest turbine came down on 5 July at Invenergy’s 200MW Upstream Wind Energy Center, which only began operations at the beginning of 2019. Nobody was injured by the collapse of the GE 2.5-116 turbine at . . . Complete story »


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