SunZia transmission line project is rejected

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It’s back to the drawing board for developers wanting to build an energy transmission line through New Mexico.

According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, the state Public Regulation Commission voted to reject the SunZia’s proposed transmission line.

The line would cross hundreds of miles in New Mexico and Arizona, delivering electricity to cities across the southwest.

Commissioners turned down the project citing issues with the routes, including two sections of land they say the company has not secured rights to use.

They will be able to present commissioners with a new proposal.

Meanwhile, the PRC did agree to fast track two solar energy projects at the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas.

The plants operated by PNM would actually be located near Moriarty and Rio Rancho.

A final order on the project could be given as soon as September 26.

If approved, they’ll cost roughly $140 million and bring around 400 construction jobs.

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