Public comment on the draft restoration plan closes March 2, 5:00 p. m. Read the draft plan here. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com with subject line “Draft Restoration Plan for the Gold King Mine Release” or mailed to Michelle Hunter, New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee, 121 Tijeras Avenue NE, Suite 1000, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Some Good News on Energy in New Mexico
Jay Levine shared this good news from William Brown:
“Thanks to everyone for helping make the Sagamore Wind Project in New Mexico a reality. The Sagamore facility near Portales, NM will generate a nameplate 522 megawatts (MW) of wind power, projected to be operational by December 31, 2020. Accompanying the Sagamore facility will be the nearby Hale facility in Texas that will generate a nameplate 478 MW.
These facilities are part of an Xcel Energy investment of $3.5 to $4.5 billion in eleven new wind facilities in seven states that will generate up to 3,380 MW of renewable energy. If all the projects are approved by regulators, wind would make up nearly 35 percent of Xcel’s total power portfolio by 2021. That nearly doubles wind’s 19 percent share of Xcel’s power portfolio in 2016.
Renewable Taos researched the Sagamore Wind Project during February-November 2017, and worked with Sagamore project principals to provide our letter of support to the NMPRC and NM Attorney General’s Office in November 2017. So we were initially dismayed by the threat to kill the project, but we are now overjoyed that it will move forward.
Thanks again for your hugely important contribution to a big new source of clean renewable energy for New Mexico.
— Bill Brown”
Read more about it in this article at the Santa Fe New Mexican: