U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, touring El Cabo Wind Farm near Encino on Tuesday, says wind farms are bringing good jobs and clean energy to New Mexico. (Theresa Davis/Albuquerque Journal)
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland traded in D.C. business attire for a hard hat, safety glasses and a climbing harness to scale the inside of a 250-foot tall wind turbine tower in Torrance County.
“Anyone who doesn’t want wind energy should come out here and see for themselves how sensible it is,” Haaland said after standing on top of the turbine. “This wind farm is not disrupting the land. It brings good jobs and lots of tax revenue to these communities.”
Haaland toured El Cabo Wind Plant near Encino on Tuesday as part of American Wind Week.
The Department of Energy reported that in 2017, wind contributed 14% of New Mexico’s electricity generation. American Wind Energy Association data shows that in 2018, wind grew to 18.7% of the state’s electricity generation. New Mexico is third in the nation for wind energy development – behind Texas and Wyoming – according to the AWEA second quarter report published earlier this month.
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