Ground broken on $10 billion transmission line project in New Mexico


Ground was broken in recent days in New Mexico on construction of the $10 billion wind-powered electric transmission line carrying power to Arizona.

The SunZia transmission line was described by the chief executive of the company building the project as bigger than the Hoover Dam. Hunter Armistead told the Associated Press that breaking ground on Pattern Energy’s line marks a major milestone as the U.S. makes good on promises to address climate change.

The SunZia project hs been more than a decade in development and once completed, will stretch nearly 550 miles, carrying renewable energy from the central part of New Mexico to Arizona and California. It will be capable of transporting more than 3,500 megawatts of wind power to 3 million people.

“The SunZia Transmission Project will accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy economy by unlocking renewable resources, creating jobs, lowering costs, and boosting local economies,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Through historic investments from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Interior Department is helping build modern, resilient climate infrastructure that protects our communities from the worsening impacts of climate change.”

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