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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.


December 13, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission line to be discussed

The proposed path for a high-voltage wind energy transmission line through southern and western Valencia County and northern Socorro County is still getting plenty of push back. Not only are residents of the rural, agricultural community of Bosque fighting against the Western Spirit line, but the Socorro County Commission is unanimously opposed to the project. Sen. Clemente Sanchez has also expressed concerns. The senator was at a recent meeting of Bosque residents, where he listened to their concerns about the . . . Complete story »


November 26, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power transmission in Torrance County gets federal approval

The Western Spirit high voltage transmission line, one of two such projects planned to carry wind generated power from Torrance County to the southwest grid, received approval of a newly created, high voltage, wind energy tariff by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, July 9. The transmission line is a joint project by Pattern Development and the state’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, with Pattern providing capital and expertise in developing the project, according to Johnny Casana, Senior Manager of Government Relations . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

NMSU professor claims wind turbines could put wildlife at risk

Some people fear clean energy sources could harm wildlife in New Mexico. Dr. Gary Roemer, a professor at New Mexico State University, said he suspects wind turbines have killed eagles in the state. However, there is not a lot of surveillance at the wind farms, so it’s hard to be sure. “If we start putting up wind turbines all over the place, without mitigating the impact, that’s going to be another additive mortality factor to these populations that maybe they . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Fourth wind farm may be coming to Torrance County

A New Mexico county is taking advantage of being one of the windiest parts of the state, and it’s bringing in millions. People in Torrance County are seeing windmill farms pop up all over the place, and they’re about to see even more. “I am starting to see them now along the roadways,” resident Manuel Wood said. “You can see them that they are all out here.” Torrance County commissioners are expected to approve an industrial revenue bond next month . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico wind energy projects advance renewable power agenda

A major energy provider in New Mexico announced plans to purchase a wind energy transmission line Wednesday intended to deliver wind-powered electricity across the state when completed in 2021. Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) received approval for the acquisition from the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission to purchase the Wester Spirit transmission line from Pattern Development and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) once construction is complete. Pattern and RETA were tasked with developing and building . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy firm doubles down on western wind projects

A key driver for Pattern Development’s upcoming investments is a recent decision by the state Public Regulation Commission to allow Public Service Co. of New Mexico to acquire a 165-mile (266-kilometer) transmission line that will be built through a partnership between Pattern and the state’ Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. It will connect wind farms in rural central New Mexico to other points on the grid. “That allows us to build more than a $1 billion of new wind projects in New Mexico that the line will serve,” Kottler said. Complete story »


October 5, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PRC greenlights PNM purchase of transmission line

The 165-mile Western Spirit transmission line project took a huge leap forward this week when state regulators approved Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request to acquire the line once operational in 2021. Energy company Pattern Development is building the $360 million Western Spirit line in cooperation with the state’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, a quasi-governmental entity that the Legislature created in 2007 to help finance and build transmission systems to carry wind-generated electricity from central and eastern New Mexico. . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Land office hires renewable-energy staff

SANTA FE – State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has hired two staff members to help boost renewable energy production on state trust lands. Garcia Richard, a Democrat who took office Jan. 1, won approval this year for an extra $100,000 in funding to help establish the Office of Renewable Energy – part of a push to triple the amount of wind, solar and other renewable energy generated on state trust land. New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands oversees 14,000 square miles . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County Commissioners hear Western Spirit complaints

The Socorro County Board of Commissioners last week heard from a dozen residents of the county who are fighting to stop a high voltage transmission line from running through properties in southern Valencia County and northern Socorro County. The Western Spirit Transmission Line is a proposed 140-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line that will collect renewable power from a wind farm near Clines Corners and deliver approximately 1,000 megawatts of power to the existing grid in northwestern New Mexico. One property owner, . . . Complete story »


September 5, 2019 • New Mexico, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Large wind energy project proposed east of Round Valley

SOCORRO, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public meeting on Sept. 18 on the proposed Borderlands Wind Project. The meeting will start at 5 p.m., and will be held at the Quemado Elementary School and High School Cafeteria, located at 3484 Highway 60, Quemado, NM 87829. The BLM published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019, for a draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft Resource Management Plan amendment to analyze . . . Complete story »


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