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Pattern Energy acquires SunZia Transmission project

USA: Pattern Energy Group LP has acquired the SunZia Transmission project from SouthWestern Power Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of MMR Group, Inc.

SunZia Transmission consists of an 885 km (550-mi) bi-directional ± 525 kV HVDC transmission line between central New Mexico and south-central Arizona, with the capacity to transport up to 3,000 MW of clean, renewable energy.

SunZia Transmission previously awarded the full 3,000 MW of capacity on the transmission line to Pattern Energy. Pattern Energy is developing the SunZia Wind project, a 3,000+ MW facility in New Mexico, which will utilize the SunZia transmission line to provide enough safe, affordable, and renewable electricity to power the needs of 2.5 million Americans annually.

SouthWestern Power Group will maintain ownership of a second 500 kV high voltage-alternating current (HVAC) transmission line, El Rio Sol Transmission.

SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind together comprise the largest renewable energy infrastructure project in U.S. history with a total investment of over $8 B. Both projects are privately funded and will deliver widespread economic benefits across New Mexico and Arizona.

Pattern Energy is also currently developing additional interstate transmission projects including the Southern Spirit Transmission project, an advanced-stage ± 525 kV, 2,000 MW HVDC bi-directional transmission line that will connect ERCOT in Texas to the southeast market.


Source: T&D World