New Mexico to consider approval for $2B transmission project

USA, New Mexico: Developers of a $2 billion transmission project that will serve as a path to get renewable energy from New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the American Southwest are waiting for final approvals as they move toward starting construction on two massive transmission lines and other infrastructure.

The proposed transmission lines would cross about 836 km of state, federal and private land in New Mexico and Arizona, reports The News & Observer.

Developers said in their application with the New Mexico commission that they’re expecting final approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to proceed later this year and that a right of way permit from the New Mexico State Land Office is expected in the coming months.

Developers want to start construction later this year, with the goal of commercial operations beginning in 2020.

Source: The News & Observer