Tres Amigas unveils buried HVDC transmission network concept for New Mexico
Sep 05, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Tres Amigas, LLC, a provider of common interconnections for power grids, has unveiled the concept of a buried High Voltage Direct Current, or HVDC, electric transmission network for New Mexico.
The ambitious project could provide the opportunity for energy programs and resources in the Four Corners region to be connected not only to the West but to the Eastern and Texas Interconnections. Phase two of the project would connect Southern New Mexico with a new HVDC connection from Eddy County to Tres Amigas at Clovis, New Mexico. Collectively the project is to be called 'The New Mexico Express', the company said.
"New Mexico is well recognized for its abundant renewable energy resources. However those resources will remain undeveloped unless transmission can be built to carry that power to locations where it is needed. The New Mexico Express project could provide significant transmission capacity to accomplish that purpose and accordingly could benefit the economy of our state in a substantial way," said Former New Mexico US Senator Jeff Bingaman, who served as Chairman of the US Senate Energy Committee before retiring.
In the testimony, Tres Amigas President Phil Harris cites the history and problems with constructing transmission in the State. "It must be recognized that New Mexico is a large state, with a small population base, with multiple jurisdictions over the approval and citing of transmission lines, so creative solutions must be found to break the impasse that is keeping New Mexico from gaining the economic benefits of its resources."
"The ultimate completion of these buried transmission lines will open many doors for the development and market outreach of the vast New Mexico energy resources'" said Phillip Harris.
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