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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.

August 3, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable roadmap

New Mexico State University is leading a new initiative to help local communities tap into the state’s emerging green energy economy to promote business development and job creation. The Innovation and Commercialization for a Regional Energy Workforce, or iCREW project, is funded by a $750,000 grant from the U.S Economic Development Administration, with $750,000 more in matching, in-kind contributions by NMSU entities and other partners involved in the project. That includes the New Mexico-based North American Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative, which . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

NM wind energy development surges forward

Pattern Energy will break ground this fall on a 1,000-megawatt complex of wind farms in central eastern New Mexico, as well as a new 150-mile transmission line to carry those electrons to Western markets. Pattern’s Western Spirit Wind Development project represents about a $1.5 billion investment that will generate some 1,000 construction jobs over the next year and more than 150 permanent jobs, according to the company. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in Pattern’s plans for the . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power could become king in Corona

A vast sea of wind turbines is in the works for hundreds of thousands of acres near Corona and surrounding Lincoln, Guadalupe and Torrance counties that could more than double the wind power generation in New Mexico and provide enough electricity for every home in the state. San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group is poised to develop some 3,000 megawatts of wind power in the Corona area, 113 miles south of Santa Fe. New Mexico has installed wind capacity of 1,952 MW, . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioner Richard approves Western Spirit Wind Development project

Commissioner of New Mexico Public Lands, Stephanie Garcia Richard, executed five leases for the Western Spirit Wind development to Pattern Renewables announced in a news release on June 4. The winning bid in February at a public auction granted the company the right to develop the land. The project will see a 76 megawatt wind farm built on 16,442 acres located in Torrance and Lincoln counties. Pattern paid the State Land Office $395,000 in up-front bids as a requirement of . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico official inks leases for Western Spirit wind farm

The Land Office is currently processing over 40 applications for solar and wind projects on state trust land. Complete story »

June 2, 2020 • Letters, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Sagamore Wind Project: Wow, 25 years

The New Mexico Energy Transition Act (ETA), passed as law in 2019, requires that all electricity generation has to be zero-emission by 2050. Recently Xcel Energy said, “Our billion-dollar Sagamore Wind Project hit a recent construction milestone, and topped out the first of 240 wind turbines [with a natural gas power plant backup]. The project will generate enough electricity to power 194,000 homes annually while saving customers tens of millions of dollars and reducing carbon emissions [over the next 25 . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

$125M wind bond project approved by Lincoln County commissioners

Tuesday, Lincoln County Commissioners approved issuance of a $125-million industrial revenue bond for the Red Cloud Wind LLC project, based primarily in the neighboring counties of Guadalupe and Torrance. At the same session, they took no action on the issuance of $120- million in bonds for the Duran Mesa LLC project, because it was withdrawn by Pattern Energy. Commissioners split on a $196,000 bond issue for the Teolote Wind LLC project, which Pattern Business Development Director Crystal Coffman said was . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

The clean energy bills that cleared the legislature

The 2020 Legislative session finished promptly at noon on Thursday after a week of long nights in debate that resulted in the passage of the number of clean energy bills backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. However, not every priority passed the legislature this year. Here’s a look at the clean energy bills that made it to the governor’s desk this year, and the ones that didn’t. Solar tax credit: Senate Majority Whip Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, often joked about how . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission line expansion bill passes Senate without opposition

A bill aimed at expanding powerline infrastructure in the state easily passed the Senate floor unanimously on Tuesday after a short debate. HB 50 would make transmission line projects eligible for Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) issued by counties and municipalities. Republican Sen. Steven Neville of Farmington presented the bill on the floor Tuesday. “This is an amendment to the Industrial Revenue Bond procedure and acts that we have in our statute that allows private powerlines, primarily related to renewable energy . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission wars

New Mexico’s billowing eastern plains offer immense wind energy potential, but the massive power lines needed to transport that electricity are generating a gust of opposition in some rural communities. The most recent dust-up involves the Western Spirit Transmission Line, which the state’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority and private company Pattern Development are jointly building. The 150-mile line, expected to come online next year, will carry more than 800 megawatts of electricity from massive wind farms – still under construction . . . Complete story »

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