Progress in renewable energy development is particularly noticeable in plains regions and the Desert Southwest.
States like Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Wyoming, California, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas have an abundance of wind and sun, making them natural and obvious leaders in America’s renewable energy growth sector.
“Eastern New Mexico is like the Saudi Arabia of wind,” says Pattern Energy’s VP of Investor and Government Relations, Sarah Webster. Capable of producing energy as cheap as two cents per kilowatt-hour, there’s an unprecedented opportunity for sun and wind-abundant places like New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona to provide cheap, clean, and renewable wind and solar energy.
And while they hold great potential, they’re also sparsely populated regions, meaning demand for so much energy is low, creating new challenges for how to put all this energy to good use. This is where long-haul transmission lines come into play.