Substantial wind energy development, create hundreds of jobs, and provide revenue for local communities. The 140-mile electric transmission line will gather wind energy from the wind-rich central region of New Mexico and deliver approximately 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power to the existing electric grid in northwestern New Mexico. The Western Spirit Transmission Line will facilitate new, low-cost wind generation that was previously unavailable due to lack of transmission capacity.
The Western Spirit Transmission Line is currently under development by Pattern Development and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA). Once operational, RETA will own the Western Spirit Transmission Line.