GRA wrote:Back on topic, does anyone have a source for NM wind generation curves?
I'm interested in the wind farms near Albuquerque and have contacted them for data. No response so far.
So far as the state is concerned, as I have already said the lion's share of the state resource are in the east and southEast parts of the state. I'm confident in saying that the wind resource in the SE is very similar to W. Texas. For now it is way under-developed due to a transmission bottle-neck. PNM says that wind is as developed as it can be for now, but they plan to build more transmission capacity by 2022 and then the wind resource will be developed further. Look at the ERCOT generation data I posted above. On-shore wind+PV is an outstanding combination for fly-over country, and I know that both NM and Texas have thought about complementing California PV in a regional alliance but that will take political will the current bozos in the federal government do not have.
PNM's infrastructure plans reflect their desire to utilize their fossil and nuclear assets either for as long as they can or until contracts expire. Neither are the cheapest for the consumer or the community even before externalized costs are considered, but are the most profitable for PNM.