New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Xcel Energy Wins Approval for 1,230 MW of Texas, New Mexico Wind

By Editors of Power Engineering

Texas regulators gave verbal approval to Xcel Energy’s plans to build an additional 1,230 MW of wind energy in the region. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Texas regulators will approve the order at a later meeting.

The first wind farm to be built will be the 478-MW Hale Wind Project near Plainview, Texas. Construction is expected to start in June. Construction on the 522-MW Sagamore Wind Project near Portales, New Mexico, will start in 2019. Wanzek Construction will build both facilities, with Xcel Energy taking ownership.

Additionally, the company has entered into a contract with NextEra Energy Resources to purchase 230 MW of wind through facilities in Cochran and Crosby counties in Texas.

“We’re grateful for the support of our community partners, who recognized the significant savings these new wind facilities will achieve,” said David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy in New Mexico and Texas. “Their input was invaluable as they worked with us over the past year to fine tune this plan.”