Landowner’s associations discuss wind energy

Thomas Garcia

The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets.

Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in Tucumcari.

More than 70 landowners from Quay, Curry and Union County were in attendance.

CRELA is comprised of several wind power associations in eastern New Mexico, representing 2,000 ranchers on over two million acres of land.

Chairman Paul Stout said CRELA’s North and South Cluster projects would include 380 wind turbines, which have the potential to generate 570 megawatts of power while generating $150 million in pre-tax revenue annually.

“Not only will this benefit the landowners it will produce 100 permanent jobs for the area,” Stout said.

Stout said the north cluster would be located south and south west of Clayton in Union County. He said the south cluster