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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.


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 »


June 7, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Residents speak out about SunZia project

SunZia Southwest Transmission Project officials do not have to have all of the rights-of-way acquired to receive a permit from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. That was the opinion of PRC Chairman Sandy Jones and two other PRC officials who were in attendance at the public meeting last week about the proposed 520-mile project that would transport electricity from wind farms in eastern New Mexico to users in Arizona and California. Their opinion came in response to a question . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Pattern Development to acquire two wind-energy assets

Officials with Pattern Development, a company pursuing projects in northern Lincoln County, announced last week Pattern is acquiring two pending wind energy assets in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners. The purchase would be Clean Line’s second divestiture of wind energy developments of the Houston-based company, according to reports from James Miller of Placer Mountain Services, a management consultant on energy project development and grant writing. Last year, Clean Line sold the Oklahoma portion of its planned Plains & . . . Complete story »


May 13, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Solar, wind dominate PRC forum

The two contenders for the Democratic nomination for public regulation commissioner for District 5 brought what has become a fierce fight to Silver City for a Daily Press candidate forum Friday night. There, the two laid out their plans for New Mexico’s renewable energy future, before touching on rural broadband possibilities to cybersecurity. The New Mexico PRC regulates a whole list of utilities throughout the state. What typically catches the public eye are cases around the state’s energy profile and . . . Complete story »


May 1, 2018 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

What Big Wind doesn’t tell us

Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association came to Santa Fe to release its national “market” report for 2017. The slick marketing materials the lobbying organization dispensed at the Roundhouse claimed that wind in the U.S. is “bringing more affordable, clean, and reliable energy while growing the economy.” New Mexico was cited as a “rising star” that “added wind power capacity at a faster rate than any other state last year.” But AWEA left out more than . . . Complete story »


April 28, 2018 • New Mexico, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas regulators give go-ahead to Xcel wind farm project

AUSTIN, TX – Texas state authorities signed off on an Xcel Energy project on Friday that would bring the equivalent of five wind farms to parts of Texas and New Mexico. The Public Utility Commission gave verbal approval for the $1.5 billion plan, which paves the way for two large wind farms, with one located near Portales and one near Plainview. Xcel also plans to purchase power from two other wind farms to to be constructed in an area further . . . Complete story »


April 22, 2018 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Caution needed for wind development

New Mexico is rapidly developing its substantial solar and wind energy resources. This is a good thing for the state and for the nation as a whole, as we need to move away from nonrenewable sources for our expanding energy needs. But the state and the nation must recognize that there are other considerations at play than simply developing these resources wherever they can be developed. Up to this point, development of wind and solar energy supplies has been dictated . . . Complete story »


March 24, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County OK not needed? SunZia doesn’t need commissioners’ approval for eminent domain

SunZia Southwest Transmission Project officials do not have to seek the authorization of the Socorro Board of County Commissioners if they choose to obtain property through eminent domain. Socorro County Attorney Adren Nance said authorization from the county was not required for the 515-mile project that would transport energy generated from wind farms in eastern New Mexico to a hub just west of Phoenix. The project would supply electricity to users in Arizona and California. “SunZia may either be able . . . Complete story »


March 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Massive Xcel wind project breezes through PRC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Plans for two massive wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas won unanimous approval from regulators on Wednesday, after Xcel Energy came up with a new way to cover its costs during the project’s first couple of years of operation. Xcel expects Texas regulators will quickly give their approval to the $1.6 billion project, after which construction can begin on the Texas Hale farm in the next few months, said Brooke Trammell, Xcel’s director of customer and . . . Complete story »


March 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Portales wins approval from PRC

Xcel Energy got unanimous approval Wednesday from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for plans to build what would be the largest wind farm in the state. The company says the Sagamore Wind Project on 100,000 acres about 20 miles south of Portales and a second massive wind farm on the Texas side of the state line will produce enough wind energy to power about 360,000 homes in Eastern New Mexico and Texas. An Xcel news release said the Minnesota-based . . . Complete story »


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