Wind Power News: New Mexico
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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 . . .
Proposed changes to Lincoln County’s wind ordinance will be delayed another month to allow representatives of Pattern Development to make the case to the county attorney for suggested modifications. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 with Commissioner Tom Stewart going against a motion by Commissioner Elaine Allen to postpone the hearing one more time. She added on a recommendation from County Attorney Alan Morel that the hearing be advertised again to give the public notice. Consideration of an amended ordinance previously . . .
For the second time, Lincoln County commissioners decided not to take action on revisions to its ordinance setting forth standards and requirements for the development of wind farms and the associated installation of wind turbines and transmission lines. At their meeting last week, they continued a public hearing on the ordinance to 1 p.m. Sept. 19, to give representatives from Pattern Development time to submit additional changes they would like incorporated. “This review (of the ordinance) is not to hurt . . .
The Quay County Commission took steps Monday to help an existing wind farm near House expand as part of a potential $150 million injection into the local economy. A pair of resolutions were introduced for industrial revenue bonds for both the current New Mexico Wind Energy Center and the proposed Casa Mesa Wind Project. NextEra Energy Resources Project Director Christopher Cothran presented information about the company’s proposed upgrades and new project construction during the commission’s regular meeting. Cothran said the . . .
Although a possible moratorium on approval of wind projects to allow an ordinance review and update topped the agenda for a special meeting of the Lincoln County Commission, no action was taken, no vote occurred. Three commissioners, Tom Stewart, Dallas Draper and Lynn Willard, were at the June 30 meeting by telephone conference call. But after County Manager Nita Taylor read her memorandum on the item and noted that commissioners hired the firm of Sutin, Thayer and Browne to review . . .
A Minnesota-based energy company that provides electricity for much of Eastern New Mexico wants to build a wind farm southeast of Portales that would produce 522 megawatts of power. The proposed Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County is part of an ambitious wind-energy plan by Southwest Public Service Company, a wholly-own subsidiary of Xcel Energy, that also includes a proposed 478-megawatt wind farm in Hale County, Texas, and an agreement to buy 230 megawatts from two existing wind farms in . . .
Opponents of a 33-mile electric transmission line that a Texas company wants to build across parts of northern Santa Fe County and southern Rio Arriba County presented a documentary-style video in a packed Santa Fe County Commission chamber on Tuesday night as part of their efforts to sway decision-makers to reject the plan. The five-member board took no action and withheld any comment on the presentation because the commissioners may rule on the proposal at a formal land-use hearing. Gregory . . .
Wind farms will allow families to preserve their ranches and pass them down to children and grandchildren, supporters say. But some of their neighbor contended Tuesday that the planned towering wind turbines amount to noisy interruptions to the scenic beauty of Lincoln County and that they will devalue their property. Representatives from two different companies, Pattern Development and Clean Line, pursuing the establishment of wind farms in the northern section of the county around Corona, laid out their progress and . . .
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Xcel Energy has announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to build two wind farms in eastern New Mexico and West Texas over the next three years. That includes a 522-megawatt facility in Roosevelt County, about 20 miles south of Portales. It will be, by far, New Mexico’s largest wind farm when it begins operating, generating enough power to supply about 194,000 homes per year. Excel subsidiary Southwest Public Service Co. already operates the state’s biggest facility – the . . .
The New Mexico Legislature will consider increasing by more than four-fold the amount of renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar that utilities would have to provide their customers by the year 2040. Two Democratic lawmakers announced bills Wednesday that would gradually increase the share of renewable energy to 80 percent of power supplies by 2040, under the state’s investor-owned utilities. New Mexico’s current renewable energy portfolio is set to reach 20 percent of supplies by 2020. Electrical . . .