Wind Power News: New Mexico
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.
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 . . .
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, . . .