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Wind Power Changes on the Horizon for both Texas and New Mexico

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A new wind farm entitled the “Hale Wind Project” is headed for the Texas Panhandle. Intended to generate power for both Texas and New Mexico as part of a $1.6 billion plan approved by both states, it’s slated for construction this month. Xcel Energy, the firm that inked the deal with NextEra Energy Resources, anticipates the farm to commence commercial operation in June of 2019.

“Our community partners and landowners have worked very hard to make this happen, and we’re honored to play a role in building a wind farm that will bring significant economic benefits to this area for years to come,” David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy – Texas, noted in a company statement.

Wind Power Changes on the Horizon for both Texas and New Mexico

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Wes Reeves, Xcel Energy spokesman, stated that the 478-megawatt Hale Wind Project is anticipated to come in at roughly $735 million in construction costs. The company announced the purchase agreement on Tuesday, July 3, however, the terms weren’t identified.

Wind Power Changes on the Horizon for both Texas and New Mexico

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Back in March, New Mexico regulators approved the plan for the construction of two huge wind farms to be constructed at the Texas-New Mexico state line. On May 25, the Public Utility Commission of Texas did the same. A statement from Xcel revealed that the turbines for this farm are anticipated for delivery in October of this year. The Minneapolis-based company also expects to make the addition of a 522-megawatt wind farm to be located near Portales, New Mexico.