NM Electric Transmission Task Force To Issue Report In November

New Mexico – A task force charged with planning the development of transmission lines in New Mexico to deliver power from renewable energy sources to customers has had its first meeting.

The task force plans to meet at least four more times. It will issue its recommendations on Nov. 1.

The task force is responsible for addressing financing and cost recovery and identifying steps to grow the statewide electricity transmission grid in increments over the next 20 years.

The deputy secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Jim Noel, is the task force chairman.

He said Monday that the panel has an opportunity to strategically put New Mexico in the driver's seat when it comes to creating green jobs and capitalizing on the state's renewable resources.

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