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The Dry Lake Wind Power Project, located north of Snowflake, consists of 30 wind turbines which provide power to Salt River Project. It was constructed in 2009 and was the Arizona's first utility-scale wind farm. NextEra is now pursiong a 100-megawatt wind project east of Springerville in New Mexico.

SOCORRO, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public meeting on Sept. 18 on the proposed Borderlands Wind Project. The meeting will start at 5 p.m., and will be held at the Quemado Elementary School and High School Cafeteria, located at 3484 Highway 60, Quemado, NM 87829.

The BLM published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019, for a draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft Resource Management Plan amendment to analyze and disclose environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. If constructed, the project would generate up to 100 megawatts of power in western Catron County, New Mexico. The 90-day public comment period will end on November 7, 2019.

Borderlands Wind, LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy) is proposing to construct, operate, maintain and eventually decommission a wind-powered electrical generation facility near Quemado, New Mexico and the Arizona–New Mexico border. Borderlands Wind LLC is proposing to develop an up to 100-megawatt (MW) wind-powered electrical generation facility in western Catron County, New Mexico. The proposed project would be built south of U.S. Highway 60 near the Arizona–New Mexico border on 40,348 acres of land. Borderlands Wind LLC has filed an application with the BLM for a Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) Right-of-Way (ROW) authorization for the construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of the commercial wind facility. NextEra Energy also owns and operates the wind generation facility near Snowflake, Arizona. The company is the largest producer of solar and wind power in the nation.

Ancillary facilities would include access roads, underground collection lines, fiber-optic communication, electrical distribution lines and a substation/switchyard in support of the turbines that would generate up to 100 megawatts of power. The project would also increase income, employment, and revenue in Catron County, creating 50 to 70 temporary and 10 permanent jobs.

The draft EIS and other relevant documents are available at https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/plans-in-development/new-mexico/proposed-borderlands-wind-project. You may submit comments or resource information related to the project by any of the following methods:

Mail: Jim Stobaugh, National Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management Socorro Field Office, Borderlands Wind Project, 901 S. Hwy 85, Socorro, NM 87801

Orally: A court reporter will be available during the public meeting to take comments.

For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Kristen Long, BLM Socorro Field Office, 901 S. Hwy 85, Socorro, New Mexico 87801; phone (575) 838-1263, or email to kmlong@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

(4) comments

Lif Strand

This proposal is not for the green & clean energy projects we all want to see. It would despoil beautiful views of mountains, interfere with dark skies, kill birds and bats, and it is NOT GREEN. The cost in energy (including fossil fuels) and resources to construct turbines is NOT GREEN. The power generated is going out of state and does not benefit anyone local. The power generated will not reduce our electrical costs. This is a terrible project and it is meant to do one thing only: Provide profits for NextEra shareholders at taxpayer expense.


Marc-V-Ridenour

Windmill generating complexes are nice but they have the problem of what good are they when they have no wind. We won't ever be able to shift from coal-burning generating plants (although shifting some or perhaps a lot of those over to burn biomass would be a great idea) and those burning natural gas, and nuclear powered facilities as well.


Russ_in_WML

Wind power would not exist if it were not for the taxpayers and their subsidy. Coal is abundant, affordable and clean.


cakeman

Yes coal is clean. Just look at the air in China.[wink][whistling]


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