Verde Transmission Project

The Verde Transmission Project (Project) proposes to build approximately 30 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that will interconnect the existing Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) Ojo substation in southern Rio Arriba County to the existing PNM Norton substation in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The Project is intended to complete a critical transmission loop in the Northern New Mexico transmission system. The Project will strengthen import and export capabilities system-wide, help relieve congestion, strengthen the reliability of the existing electrical system, and improve transmission access for local renewable and other energy sources.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently conducting an environmental review of the Project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The BLM hosted public scoping meetings in October, November and December 2016 to gather public comments. Over the next several months, BLM will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that will analyze the Project's potential impacts on the local environment and local communities, and will propose mitigation measures to ensure these effects are limited to the greatest extent possible. For more information, visit the Bureau of Land Management website.

March 2017 Update

In March 2017, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) published a System Impact Study for The Verde Transmission Project. The study highlighted several benefits that the Verde Transmission Project would provide to the PNM system, including:

  • The System Impact Study shows an increase of as much as 672 megawatts (MW) of transmission capacity with the addition of the Verde Project and other identified enhancements to the system.
  • With the addition of power flow devices at key substations, up to an additional 615 MW of wind power from eastern New Mexico could be accommodated.
  • The Verde Project provides significant benefits under outage conditions as well as decreases losses on the New Mexico transmission system. With the addition of the Verde Project, losses on the Northern New Mexico system in 2015 could have been reduced by up to 13,000 megawatt-hours (MWH).
  • In the event of outages, the Project would allow approximately 640 MW of additional generation to be accommodated.
  • The complete System Impact Study can be accessed here.

    For more information, see the links below:

    FAQs (May 2018) English | Español
    Fact Sheet (May 2018) English | Español
    Map (July 2016) Download
    BLM Permitting Documents
    Plan of Development (May 2016) Download
    Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
    (Oct. 2016)
    BLM Verde Transmission Project Webpage