Wind Power News: New Mexico
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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 . . .
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 . . .
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Energy developers are tapping into New Mexico’s billowing wind energy potential, with plans to double installed generating capacity from wind farms throughout the state’s gusty eastern plains in the next few years. Generous federal subsidies and major improvements in wind technology have combined to make wind-generated electricity a low-cost option today for utilities and corporations seeking renewable energy. That’s generating a surge in wind projects, here and in other states. More than a gigawatt of wind capacity is . . .
Reporting to Lincoln County commissioners earlier this month, the project development manager for Pattern Development, said she’s made a lot of progress with landowners on Pattern’s portion of the Sun Zia transmission line project this past month to develop anchor tenant agreements in Lincoln County and Torrance County. “We’re getting the (Sun Zia Transmission Line) project pulled together and off the ground, Loralee Hunt said. Pattern, described in a company presentation as the leading independent wind, solar and transmission development . . .
“This project will be built,” a key official in the proposed wind-power electric transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona promised Lincoln County commissioners at their meeting last week. To take advantage of the full production tax credit, a commercial operation must be running by 2020, and representatives of SunZia and Pattern Energy said their firms are up to the job. Several county ranch owners are involved in providing rights of way for the wind turbines and transmission line. Martin . . .
At Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, councilors approved the renewal of a transmission and access easement for the proposed Roosevelt II Wind Project. Infinity Renewables of Santa Barbara, California, plans to have the wind farm built in Roosevelt County, but a location and size for the project has not yet been determined. Christina White, a project developer with Infinity Renewables, requested that councilors approve the easement, which is to be located near the city’s Blackwater well field, along New Mexico . . .
In the Land of Enchantment, government mandates require that 15.7 percent of electricity must come from wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy by 2021. The state is already halfway to achieving its goal. Unfortunately, because “renewable” forms of energy are more costly and less efficient, state governments eager to be seen as “green” had to make their use by utility companies mandatory. In other words, utility companies and ratepayers have no choice but to comply with these laws, . . .
A global renewable-energy developer that is the only publicly known supplier for the proposed $2 billion SunZia power line is on the edge of filing for reorganization under federal bankruptcy law, news reports and a subsidiary say. Missouri-based SunEdison Inc., saddled with debt, disclosed in a public document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday that it has entered into confidential negotiations with lenders over proposed financing transactions. These transactions, known as debtor-in-possession loans, are typically done to prepare . . .
CASCABEL – Drive through the Lower San Pedro River Valley, and a well-graded dirt road will take you past homes, organic farms, ranches and other structures where fewer than 200 people live. The only other signs of human presence are a handful of lesser dirt roads and an underground natural-gas power line. They coexist with prickly pear, agave, saguaro and other cacti, and Sonoran desert trees and shrubs. Cows graze on leased, state-owned or Pima County-owned property. Now this tranquil valley . . .
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . .