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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.

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 »

November 29, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County could lose $32,020 in federal swap for state trust land

A proposed land swap between the federal Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico State Land Office could result in 17,215 acres in Lincoln County switching ownership and the county losing $32,030 in annual compensation dollars for nontaxable federal land. The county receives about $1.7 million annually under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program that compensates for land in national forests and under the BLM. In exchange for the loss, Deputy Land Commissioner Laura Riley told commissioners last . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers study impact of turbines on golden eagles

In January 2017, under the Obama administration, a rule was implemented that allows wind-energy companies to accidentally kill or injure eagles while operating high-speed turbines for up to 30 years. That is six times longer than the former rule, which was five years. The rule change also increased the number of eagles the companies can be permitted to accidentally kill or injure, but only under certain conditions. Complete story »

November 21, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Where this massive NM wind project is hitting a snag

The $865-million Sagamore Wind Project planned for rural eastern New Mexico is expected to go online by the end of 2020 and power 194,000 homes. But the project has hit a snag with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. John J. Reynolds of the PRC utility division testified recently that the benefit to New Mexico ratepayers is uncertain, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Southwestern Public Service Co., a subsidiary of Xcel, is behind the massive wind project, which . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Headwinds for massive wind power project

An energy giant wants to bring a massive sweep of renewable power to New Mexico. Hundreds of new wind turbines would deliver emissions-free energy to more than 100,000 homes, the company says. Customers would save a few billion dollars in coming decades. Hundreds of construction jobs would come, and then more than two dozen full-time operational jobs, too. Outside dollars would flow into the eastern part of the state. The appeal of the project – regional economic development layered on top . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2017 • New Mexico, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Massive Xcel wind project draws criticism from PRC staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A massive wind project that Xcel Energy wants to build in eastern New Mexico and West Texas is facing blustering opposition from utility division staff at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The project, which Excel unveiled last March, calls for a $1.6 billion investment in two huge wind farms, including a 522-megawatt facility in eastern New Mexico, and a 478-MW farm in Texas. Once built, those farms, combined with an agreement to also acquire 230 MW of . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County approves amended wind ordinance

Without much discussion after months of revisions, Lincoln County commissioners approved an amended ordinance governing placement and construction of wind systems. The action came last week during a continuation of a public hearing first scheduled two months earlier. County Attorney Alan Morel said he, County Manager Nita Taylor and attorney Lynn E. Mostoller with the Albuquerque firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne have gone over every line of the ordinance to ensure an integrated review, and included representatives of Pattern . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2017 • New Mexico, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel seeks approval for wind farms in Texas, New Mexico

Xcel is seeking approval for two new wind farms that would serve customers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Company officials say if regulators approve the wind farms planned for Roosevelt County in New Mexico and Texas’ Hale County, wind-generated electricity would end up meeting about 40 percent of the region’s annual needs by 2021. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves says the company also is seeking to finalize a contract to buy additional wind energy from two facilities being built . . . Complete story »

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