New Mexico To Invest $50 Million For Energy Transmission System Upgrade

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Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority's board of directors have announced that it has issued its first $50 million worth of bonds to upgrade New Mexico's transmission system and foster clean energy growth.

The upgrade will bring 100 MW of clean renewable wind energy across the Public Service Co. of New Mexico's lines from the High Lonesome Mesa Wind Farm, located in Torrance County, to the Arizona state line. The project is a collaborative effort with High Lonesome Mesa, a subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy.

The 40-turbine High Lonesome Wind Farm has been commercially operational since July 2009 but has been waiting for upgrades to operate at full capacity.
The majority of the work has been completed, with the remaining portions expected by the end of the year.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Bill Richardson

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