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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.

February 18, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents: transmission line ‘unjust,’ ‘offensive’

The Valencia County Commission cited a litany of concerns about the Western Spirit Transmission Line after voting Jan. 15 to oppose the project. Environmental impacts are high on the list, such as potential disruption of pristine landscapes, dangers to migratory birds and other wildlife, and possible health effects from electromagnetic radiation. Commissioners also fear a drop in tourism-related income and local property values. In addition, the commission says the Renewable Energy Transmission Authority is violating the state constitution’s anti-donation clause . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Bill aimed at expanding transmission lines in NM passes House committee

A bill that would enable counties to issue special bonds to incentivize the expansion of power transmission lines in the state passed the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. HB 50, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small, D-Las Cruces, would make transmission line projects eligible for Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) issued by counties and municipalities. The bill’s proponents argued it would support more renewable energy development in the state and it would help bring wind energy generated in New . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2020 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Billions in Industrial bonds for wind projects authorized

The numbers are staggering for a small New Mexico county, commissioners acknowledge. But they emphasize that the county is not liable for repayment of the $2.8 billion approved for industrial bonds connected to wind power projects. At their December meeting, commissioners approved a resolution relating to the proposed taxable industrial revenue bonds for several series, listing the projects as Duran Mesa LLC, Tecolote Wind LLC and Red Cloud Wind LLC, and directing the county clerk to publish notice of the . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico announces wind farm project between Clayton and Raton

The New Mexico Land Office has leased almost 8,000 acres of public land between Clayton and Raton to a German wind energy developer. The office announced on Friday the company, PNE USA, will pair the land in Union and Colfax counties with about the same amount of private land for a wind farm project. It also said the deal should generate about $8 million for the state over the course of the lease. Any money paid to the state will . . . Complete story »

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 »

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