Developer resumes work on massive New Mexico wind farm

Torrance county wind farm
The Torrance County wind farm delay puts funding on hold

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – After years of planning and delays, work is resuming on what officials are billing as one of New Mexico’s largest wind farms.

Officials are gathering in Torrance County on Monday to celebrate the restart of construction on Avangrid Renewables’ El Cabo Wind Farm.

The 56,000-acre project spans private property and state trust land. It will be made up of more than 140 wind turbines.

Supporters say the project is expected to provide at least $2 million in lease and payments in lieu of taxes each year over the 30-year life of the project.

Last year, Avangrid acknowledged that construction had slowed while transmission-related constraints were addressed. Construction first started in 2013 as companies raced to get projects underway to take advantage of federal incentives. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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