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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 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.


October 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Grant County Commission hears presentation on proposed wind farm at work session 101618

During discussion at the October work session on Oct. 16, 2018, on the November meeting dates, commissioners agreed to hold a combined work-and-regular-sessions meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at 9 a.m. at the Grant County Administration Center. The first item of business on the work session agenda was a presentation by Bob Karsted, wind farm project manager of Scout Clean Energy, and Mike Greczyn, a consultant with Altis, on the proposed development of the Great Divide Wind Farm LLC . . . Complete story »


October 20, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

County moves wind farm deal forward

The Grant County Commission took the first step Thursday morning toward what amounts to an incentive deal for a wind farm project proposed for the southern reaches of the county. After initial public reaction to the project, however, several commissioners had some serious questions for the project’s developers. The Great Divide Wind Farm, which was first presented to the public at the commissioners’ work session on Tuesday, is being developed by Boulder, Colo.-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy LLC. . . . Complete story »


October 18, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm here could power 100,000 homes

Ten to 15 long-term jobs could be created by a southern Grant County wind farm project that’s on the agenda for Thursday morning’s meeting of the Grant County Commission. Commissioners will be asked to begin a process that could result in the county’s issuance of nearly a half-billion dollars in Industrial Revenue Bonds to support the project. The Great Divide Wind Farm, which has been proposed by Boulder, Colo.-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy LLC, will be in the . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Tx path uncertain for massive New Mexico wind farm

New Mexico regulators approved construction this month of what could be the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind farm, capable of generating as much power as a mid-sized nuclear power plant. But whether all that energy will have a way to reach the load centers of California and the Southwest remains unclear after the regulators denied approval for new transmission lines meant to link the wind project to urban areas. On Oct. 3, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 4-0 to . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Company planning wind farm near Grady

A Virginia-based energy company plans a wind farm near Grady that will generate about 150 jobs in Quay County when it tentatively goes online in 2020. The Quay County Commission learned of the development during a presentation Monday by Marc Sydnor, a developer with Apex Clean Energy based in Charlottesville, Virginia, that has an office in Denver. The privately held company since 2009 has developed 3,000 megawatts of solar and wind power – enough for 1 million homes. This would be . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PRC votes yes on the construction of 950 wind turbines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Construction on an estimated 950 wind turbines is set to get underway following a 4-0 vote from the Public Regulation Commission, or PRC. The commission voted to approve the location control permit for Pattern Development’s Corona Wind Projects that are expected to add long-term financial benefits to the region. “We greatly appreciate the commission’s diligent work to ensure that we had an effective review process, that our filing was complete and that New Mexico residents will continue . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2018 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Land commissioner candidates offer differing visions for renewable power

Inside the New Mexico State Land Office, current Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn sits at a dark wood desk ringed with a painting of the Rio Grande Gorge, a saddle, and a pair of leather chaps pinned on the wall, homages to a lifetime spent on cattle ranches. But it’s the decor outside that tends to draw more attention: Dunn installed a model pump jack in front of the State Land Office building on Old Santa Fe Trail. Its bobbing head . . . Complete story »


August 25, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County commissioner defends SunZia testimony and travel expenses

Lincoln County Commissioner Elaine Allen last week defended her decision to testify in favor of the SunZia wind power transmission line project during a hearing in front of the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission in June. She responded to each of the criticisms leveled by Commissioner Tom Stewart last month about her appearance at the hearing and her submission for reimbursement for mileage expenses. Stewart contended because the commission had not taken a stand favoring the project, Allen’s testimony was . . . Complete story »


August 22, 2018 • Arizona, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

SunZia powerlines would destroy wetlands, kill birds, opponents say

The SunZia power project faces a new objection, this time from an environmental group that fears the high-voltage transmission lines from New Mexico to Arizona will inflict irreparable damage to wetlands and bird populations. The $2 billion project, proposed in 2008, calls for building two 1,500-megawatt lines running 520 miles from central New Mexico to Eloy, between Tucson and Phoenix, to carry wind-generated electricity to Western markets. Opponents question how much renewable energy the lines would actually transport, whether wind-power . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

SunZia controversy flares up again

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project’s long, winding road to commercial operation is facing a new round of controversy, this time from an array of community groups that fear the huge transmission line will inflict irreparable environmental damage, fundamentally disrupting wildlife and the livelihood of residents along the central Rio Grande. The $2 billion project aims to build two 1,500-megawatt high-voltage lines running 520 miles from central New Mexico to Arizona to carry wind-generated electricity to Western markets, but it’s been . . . Complete story »


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