Resources

Field Reports

Track the Progress of SunZia

SunZia publishes the status of the project on a quarterly basis in our Field Report. Download digital versions here or contact us for a printed version. 

Field Reports 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

For Landowners

If you are a private landowner and have questions about the project, see the frequently asked questions below or feel free to reach out to us directly in the “Contact” section of this site.

How does SunZia partner with landowners?

Based on the route, largely determined by governmental agencies, SunZia’s real property team respectfully works with landowners to discuss specific site concerns or other issues in order to determine the best path forward to secure the necessary access. SunZia strives to negotiate truthfully and honestly and to arrive at compensation agreements with owners that are reasonable, fair and equitable.

How is SunZia’s path determined?

The SunZia route is largely determined by governmental agencies to minimize impacts to the environment and surrounding communities. The federal process is guided by the Bureau of Land Management. At the state level, New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission and the New Mexico State Land Office have jurisdiction over the project. In Arizona the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona State Land Department have jurisdiction over the project.

Who do I contact if I am interested in SunZia’s routing?

In New Mexico, contact John Ryan jryan@southwesternpower.com

In Arizona, contact Cindy Freeman cfreeman@sunzia.net

Transmission Lines

Electrical transmission is an engineering marvel. Learn more here about how they work and frequently asked questions. 

What is a transmission line?

Transmission lines carry electricity from one location to another enabling power needs to be met throughout the country. Transmission lines provide the opportunity for renewable energy to be transported from rural areas to cities and urban areas where energy is in high demand.

Why do we need transmission lines?

Transmission lines simply carry electricity over large distances with minimum loss or disruption. Without transmission lines, the energy has no way of connecting from the wind farm to an outlet in your home.

How does SunZia benefit my community?

The SunZia project will benefit communities by providing:

• Construction jobs
• Full-time operations and maintenance jobs
• Part-time operations and maintenance jobs
• Many indirect effects such as the impact of buying local goods and services
• Tax revenue generated from this project

How does SunZia impact the bigger picture?

Once in operation, renewable wind and solar energy does not release greenhouse gasses, and the energy cannot be depleted over time; however, renewable energy can be replenished in a short amount of time. By carrying clean energy, SunZia is helping to minimize the effects of climate change.

 

What is RETA?

The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (NMRETA) was created by lawmakers to facilitate the development of renewable electric transmission and storage projects. Their team enables the development of relevant transmission projects through a variety of means

 

Why did SunZia partner with NMRETA?

By partnering with NMRETA, SunZia will complete a project that will advance renewable energy  in New Mexico with a partner that has experience in this area. Their team offers to SunZia, expertise in transmission projects related to financing, partnering with state and federal government on regulatory issues.

 

Documents

Expressions of Support

Letters Submitted to the Bureau of Land Management

Letter from Representative Candie Sweetser, July 1, 2021

Letter from Senator John Arthur Smith, June 30, 2021

Letter from Heritage Environmental Services, LLC, June 29, 2021

Letter from Sierra County, New Mexico Interim County Manager Serina Bartoo, June 30, 2021

Letter from Senator Peter Wirth, June 29, 2021

Letter from Middle Rio Grande Economic Development Association, June 28, 2021

Letter from Christopher and Elena Starbuck, June 22, 2021

Letter from Rural Education Advancement Program, June 21, 2021

Letter from Rocket Punch Farm, June 18, 2021

Letter from Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, June 18, 2021

Letter from RAD Enterprises, LLC, June 13, 2021

 

Other Letters of Support

City of Albuquerque, New Mexico (9/13/2011)

City of Deming, New Mexico

City of Lordsburg, New Mexico

De Baca County, New Mexico Resolution (8/24/2010)

Grant County, New Mexico

Greenlee County, Arizona Letter of Support (8/22/2012)

Guadalupe County, New Mexico

Hidalgo County, New Mexico

Lincoln County, New Mexico

Luna County, New Mexico

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District letter to NM Senator Bingaman (6/28/2010)

New Mexico Congressional Delegation (8/13/2012)

New Mexico Governor Martinez letter to Secretary Salazar (2/29/2012)

New Mexico Governor Richardson Letter to Secretary Salazar (11/23/2009)

New Mexico Tech, Letter of Support (9/10/2011)

Sierra County, New Mexico

Socorro County, New Mexico

The Wilderness Society and Wild Earth Guardians Support Letter (5/29/2009)

Torrance County, New Mexico

Village of Fort Sumner, New Mexico Resolution (9/13/2010)