New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick Lyons, is reorganizing two divisions within the State Land Office to include renewable energy and water resources, and he has appointed new management and staff to develop and facilitate respective policies and procedures.
Lyons appointed Land Office Assistant Commissioner Dallas Rippy to lead the new renewable energy and commercial leasing division. Brian Bingham will continue managing the renewable energy program, and Galen Garcia and Shawna Maloy have been assigned to staff the program. Peggy Walton will oversee commercial leasing. Assistant Commissioner Jerry King has been reassigned to manage special projects, including development at Mesa del Sol and Rio Rancho, as well as renewable energy projects.
‘The land office is playing a vital role in the development of clean energy supplies to power homes, schools and businesses, and by expanding our efforts within the agency, we will further attract utility-scale renewable energy projects to trusts lands, which will result in more money for education,’ says Lyons.
Wind turbines are operational on nearly 6,800 acres of trust lands in Quay, Roosevelt, Chaves and Guadalupe counties. Six additional developers have applied to lease another 240,000 acres of trust lands for future wind power plant development. The potential combined earning power from the operating wind farms and optioned land will surpass $55 million in the course of their anticipated 35-year terms.
SOURCE: Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands