State Regulators Back TEP Plans For 10 New Renewable Projects

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The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has expressed its support for Tucson Electric Power's (TEP) plan to purchase the output of 10 new renewable power projects that together will generate nearly 150 MW.

The ACC concluded that TEP's agreements to purchase energy from a New Mexico wind farm, eight new Tucson-area solar power systems and a landfill gas generation project are ‘an appropriate component’ of its efforts to comply with state renewable energy goals.

ACC's endorsement allows developers of the systems to proceed with efforts to finalize financing, secure land rights and clear other necessary hurdles in hopes of completing their projects in time to begin providing power in 2011 or 2012.

TEP wants to purchase the output from a 50 MW wind farm that would be developed near the utility's natural gas Luna Energy Generating Station in Deming, N.M. The power would be delivered to Tucson through an existing transmission line already used by TEP.

The projects backed by the ACC are in the planning stages, and some of them may not be built if the developers are unable to arrange financing or clear other necessary hurdles, according to TEP.

SOURCE: Tucson Electric Power

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