The SunZia Project consists of two bi-directional extra-high voltage electric transmission lines and substations that will transport energy from Arizona and New Mexico to customers and markets across the Desert Southwest. SunZia’s total transmission capacity has an approved rating from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council of 3,000 megawatts across its entire length for two single-circuit 500 kV AC lines. SunZia is solely an electric transmission project, and is not a power generation facility. Click here for a more detailed description of the project.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with several cooperating agencies, is leading the effort to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
On June 14, 2013 the BLM released the SunZia Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments.
SunZia is anticipated to be in-service by 2018.
Benefits of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project:
Provides an option to develop power generation resources, including renewable resources, located in Arizona and New Mexico that currently do not have nearby access to transmission service; and
Delivers these generation resources to customers along SunZia’s alignment and western markets; and
Increases reliability of the existing extra-high voltage transmission system in southern Arizona and southern New Mexico; and
Greatly improves power transfer across the Desert Southwest electricity grid; and
Generates jobs and wage income in addition to revenues for state and local governments through property, state and local taxes paid by the SunZia Project and generation projects that may utilize SunZia’s new transmission capacity. An Economic Impact Assessment was prepared by the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University.
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Heinrich Announces Key Development To Reach Common Ground On SunZia Southwest Transmission Line
November 15, 2013
Department of Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall has agreed to utilize M.I.T Lincoln Laboratory to evaluate the concerns raised by White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The lab will explore opportunities to make changes to White Sand's testing operations that will allow these missions to continue with the presence of the SunZia Project.
First Wind Signs an Agreement with SunZia
September 6, 2013
First Wind Energy, LLC is moving forward as SunZia Transmission, LLC’s first anchor tenant by signing a Letter of Intent. The agreement reserves up to 1,500 megawatts of SunZia’s transmission capacity for First Wind’s proposed high-capacity wind energy project located in New Mexico. View the Press Release.
SunZia in the Albuquerque News: KRQE
August 31, 2013
KRQE Channel 13 News based in Albuquerque, New Mexico reported on the positions of White Sands Missile Range and Senator Martin Heinrich regarding the Bureau of Land Management's Preferred Alternative route for the SunZia Project. Please watch: Power line stalls as Army protests route by Bob Martin.