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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.

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 »

August 8, 2019 • Letters, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Beyond wind and solar

I can’t believe anyone actually thinks New Mexico can decarbonize by 2050. That is exactly what the state is trying to do with their Clean Energy Transition Act (CETA) which plans to replace fossil fuels for generating electricity with non-fuel intermittent based wind and solar energy assisted by natural gas (oops, that’s stored carbon). New Mexico regulators are just now charting the CETA requirements into two parallel paths, one to determine how to finance and implement the decommissioning of the . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2019 • Letters, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Consumers deserve full story on wind turbines

I have to chuckle every time I read a story about “carbon-free” wind turbines. These reports do a disservice to readers because they do not fully explain what makes these turbines run (hint: it is something we produce a lot of here in New Mexico) or that they are manufactured. These stories also do not explain how much of our power comes from wind (hint: it is not a huge amount) and, very often, they do not explain the strides . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2019 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind turbine project in Eddy County has many dangers

Proposed wind turbine project in Eddy County has many dangers On March 28, EDF Renewables North America, a division of a French global energy conglomerate, announced the Oso Grande Wind Project, to be “located in southeastern New Mexico.” It includes a total of 61 wind generating turbines. The turbines’ electricity outputs “will be delivered to Tucson (Arizona) through existing transmission lines that connect to TEP’s transmission system in eastern Arizona,” (according to www.edf-re.com). To be clear, I like the French . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2019 • Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

GE probes third turbine collapse at US wind farms this year

A GE turbine has collapsed at a wind farm in Nebraska, marking the third such incident involving its turbines in the US this year – although Recharge understands investigations of the two earlier failures suggests no common factor behind the spate of dramatic topplings. The latest turbine came down on 5 July at Invenergy’s 200MW Upstream Wind Energy Center, which only began operations at the beginning of 2019. Nobody was injured by the collapse of the GE 2.5-116 turbine at . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2019 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy not as promising as some would like you to think

Peter Goodman’s June 16th guest column revealed how little he knows about electrical engineering or how renewables will destabilize our electric grid. Instead, Goodman focused on smearing Rep. Rod Montoya’s and Larry Behrens’ earlier editorials. Yet it was Montoya who attempted to protect New Mexicans from electric rate increases of 100 and 200 percent(!) as a result of the “Energy Transition Act” (ETA) recently passed. Montoya’s amendments would have limited yearly electric rate increases, saving poor and middle class rate-payers . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2019 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

New Mexico ranchers fighting construction of major transmission line

Some New Mexico dairy farmers are fighting to keep a massive power line off their property. They said it could hurt their property value, their views, and even their cows and your milk. The open space of land in Bosque, New Mexico is where people said those high voltage transmission lines will be built, and they’ve started a petition to stop it. “It’s an eyesore, it’s a health scare, they’re ugly, they’re going to ruin our scenery, our lands, our . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2019 • New Mexico, Oklahoma, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

US wind turbine collapses ‘not linked’, says GE

GE Renewable Energy said it is treating the collapse of two of its machines within months as “separate and isolated incidents”, as latest research on the issue seen by Recharge says the wind industry needs a better understanding of the complex interaction of factors that can bring turbines down. A GE 2.4-107 turbine crumpled to the ground at the Chisholm View 2 wind farm in Oklahoma last week, prompting the launch of an investigation at the project, which entered service . . . Complete story »

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