Wind energy development stalls in ‘bottleneck’ of New Mexico
Five large-scale transmission projects are in varying planning and development stages around the state. Together, they could provide enough capacity to transport more than 10,000 megawatts of electricity to western markets ...But none of those projects will come on line until at least 2015, and most will take longer.
August 5, 2012
by Kevin Robinson-Avila
in Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico’s gusty eastern plains could produce electricity for millions of homes, but a transmission bottleneck has slowed wind-farm development to a crawl.
“New Mexico has substantial ability to develop and produce renewable energy, but the local market is small, and we need transmission lines to get that electricity to markets in other states that need it,” said Jeremy Turner, executive director of New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. “It’s a real bottleneck.”
The Tres Amigas Superstation being planned near Clovis would allow generating stations in Texas and the eastern U.S. to send electricity for the first time to western markets. But... [continue via Web link]