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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.

October 11, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Tx path uncertain for massive New Mexico wind farm

New Mexico regulators approved construction this month of what could be the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind farm, capable of generating as much power as a mid-sized nuclear power plant. But whether all that energy will have a way to reach the load centers of California and the Southwest remains unclear after the regulators denied approval for new transmission lines meant to link the wind project to urban areas. On Oct. 3, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 4-0 to . . . Complete story »

October 11, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Company planning wind farm near Grady

A Virginia-based energy company plans a wind farm near Grady that will generate about 150 jobs in Quay County when it tentatively goes online in 2020. The Quay County Commission learned of the development during a presentation Monday by Marc Sydnor, a developer with Apex Clean Energy based in Charlottesville, Virginia, that has an office in Denver. The privately held company since 2009 has developed 3,000 megawatts of solar and wind power – enough for 1 million homes. This would be . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PRC votes yes on the construction of 950 wind turbines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Construction on an estimated 950 wind turbines is set to get underway following a 4-0 vote from the Public Regulation Commission, or PRC. The commission voted to approve the location control permit for Pattern Development’s Corona Wind Projects that are expected to add long-term financial benefits to the region. “We greatly appreciate the commission’s diligent work to ensure that we had an effective review process, that our filing was complete and that New Mexico residents will continue . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County commissioner defends SunZia testimony and travel expenses

Lincoln County Commissioner Elaine Allen last week defended her decision to testify in favor of the SunZia wind power transmission line project during a hearing in front of the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission in June. She responded to each of the criticisms leveled by Commissioner Tom Stewart last month about her appearance at the hearing and her submission for reimbursement for mileage expenses. Stewart contended because the commission had not taken a stand favoring the project, Allen’s testimony was . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • Arizona, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

SunZia powerlines would destroy wetlands, kill birds, opponents say

The SunZia power project faces a new objection, this time from an environmental group that fears the high-voltage transmission lines from New Mexico to Arizona will inflict irreparable damage to wetlands and bird populations. The $2 billion project, proposed in 2008, calls for building two 1,500-megawatt lines running 520 miles from central New Mexico to Eloy, between Tucson and Phoenix, to carry wind-generated electricity to Western markets. Opponents question how much renewable energy the lines would actually transport, whether wind-power . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

SunZia controversy flares up again

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project’s long, winding road to commercial operation is facing a new round of controversy, this time from an array of community groups that fear the huge transmission line will inflict irreparable environmental damage, fundamentally disrupting wildlife and the livelihood of residents along the central Rio Grande. The $2 billion project aims to build two 1,500-megawatt high-voltage lines running 520 miles from central New Mexico to Arizona to carry wind-generated electricity to Western markets, but it’s been . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Powering through Valencia County; Transmission line to run through multiple counties

If all goes according to plan, a high-voltage transmission line will be carrying 1 GW of renewable power through Valencia County by late 2020. The $1.5 billion Western Spirit transmission line will run a total length of about 140 miles, starting at the Mesa Canyons wind farm south of Corona in Lincoln County. The massive line will sit on a 150- to 400-foot wide easement, cutting a swath through Torrance, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties. It will end at . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2018 • California, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Monterey Bay Community Power signs deal for wind power from New Mexico

Monterey >> While Monterey Bay Community Power typically looks for local clean power sources, its latest deal will bring in energy from New Mexico for a good reason. Peak energy demand takes place in the evening hours as people get home from work, right as the sun sets and solar energy levels wind down. “There’s an abundance of renewable energy available in the middle of the day, where solar and wind is pumping energy into the grid,” said Shelly Whitworth, . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • New Mexico, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border. The unanimous vote by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission marks one of the key steps needed for Xcel Energy to move forward with its plans. Texas regulators are expected to act on the proposal in the coming weeks. Xcel Energy says the proposed wind farms would take advantage of what has become the least expensive generating . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Division of wind farm payments debated

Discussions continue about the percentage split of any payment in lieu of taxes submitted by a wind farm development entity in northern Lincoln County. In a unanimous vote on a motion by County Commissioner Tom Stewart last month, the commission decided to end negotiations with representatives from the Corona School District and to stick with a three-phase percentage division of payments in lieu of taxes from Clean Line Energy Partners for a wind turbine project. Some Clean Line projects subsequently . . . Complete story »

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