The U.S. Interior Department formally signed off on a 250-mile multi-billion dollar transmission line that will carry wind-powered electricity from New Mexico to big cities in the West.
The department approved the SunZia project that has been a decade in the making. Approval would have been earlier but in 2021, a new application had to be filed as the U.S. Defense Department raised concerns about the path of the high-voltage lines, reported the Associated Press.
SunZia will generate 3,500 megawatts of wind power in New Mexico. That’s enough to transition more than 3 million homes to clean, renewable energy. Together, the SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind projects will become the largest renewable energy infrastructure project in U.S. history.