By Editors of Power Engineering
Pattern Energy announced it has purchased Mesa Canyons Wind Farm, a 1,000-MW wind development in Lincoln County, New Mexico, as well as the associated Western Spirit Transmission line from Clean Line Energy Partners. A transaction price was not disclosed.
Both projects are scheduled to begin construction next year with activation set for 2020. Western Spirit will connect to the New Mexico grid at the existing Rio Puerco substation owned by Public Service Company of New Mexico.
This new project brings Pattern Development’s wind footprint in the Estancia Valley of New Mexico to more than 3,000 MW.
“As the leading wind developer and operator in New Mexico, Pattern Development is uniquely positioned to bring the Western Spirit Transmission Line and the Mesa Canyons Wind Farm to fruition,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “New Mexico is home to one of the strongest wind resources in the country and Pattern Development is committed to developing and constructing these new projects as excellent additions to our portfolio, expanding our investment in this enchanting state.”
The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority has also been working with Clean Line Energy Partners for several years to co-develop the Western Spirit line to bring it to an advanced stage of development, and that relationship with RETA will continue with Pattern Development, said Chairman Bob Busch.
“RETA Continues to see development opportunities for renewable resources in New Mexico, and we are pleased to have a new capable partner to ensure this project comes to fruition, he said.”
Both Western Spirit and Mesa Canyons enjoy the ongoing support of the New Mexico State Land Office, which anticipates bringing more than 11,000 acres of State Trust Lands to the Mesa Canyons. Said Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, “This is exactly the type of public-private partnership that will bring much needed investment to New Mexico,” said Commissioner Aubrey Dunn. “We welcome Pattern Development, and we believe that wind will be an important part of our state’s energy mix for the future.”
Pattern Development’s recent experience in New Mexico includes the 324 MW Broadview Wind facilities and the 345kV AC Western Interconnect Transmission facility, both of which were placed into service in 2017, as well as the 221 MW Grady Wind facility, which will commence construction this summer and is planned to enter commercial operations in the spring of 2019.