The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has signed a project labor agreement to build a $1.3 billion, 580-mile transmission line across Arizona and New Mexico.
Construction of the line will connect the SunZia Clean Energy Transmission and Wind Infrastructure project’s more than 3,500 MW of wind power to communities throughout the Southwest. Developer Pattern Energy estimates the $5 billion project will power more than 3 million homes annually when complete, all while creating more than 2,000 construction jobs.
“The men and women of the IBEW are proud to partner with Pattern Energy and Quanta Services, Inc. on this historic energy infrastructure project. SunZia won’t just slash carbon emissions, but create good, middle class jobs throughout the region, and this transmission PLA guarantees that,” says Kenneth W. Cooper, IBEW International president.
“More good-paying, union jobs will create an economic ripple effect throughout Arizona and New Mexico, pouring money back into local communities.”