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Hunt Power drops plan for Verde Transmission Project [free access]

August 16, 2019

Dallas-based Hunt Power, a part of Hunt Consolidated Incorporation, has dropped its plan to develop the Verde Transmission Project, due to growing opposition from the local residents of Santa Fe County, Texas, who are concerned by the project’s visual and health impact.

 

The project was proposed to complete a critical transmission loop in the Northern New Mexico transmission system. It would strengthen the system’s import and export capabilities, help relieve congestion, strengthen the reliability of the existing electrical system, and improve transmission access for local renewable and other energy sources.

 

The Verde project included the construction of approximately 30 miles (48.3 km) of 345 kV transmission lines, interconnecting the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s existing Ojo substation in southern Rio Arriba County to its existing Norton substation in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The proposed line was to cross approximately 10 miles (16 km) of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, 15 miles (24 km) of tribal land, and eight miles (13 km) of private land.