Tres Amigas applies for federal approvals

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2009 7:29 PM

A company that wants to connect the nation's three massive power grids at a facility in Clovis, N.M., has applied for regulatory approvals needed to move forward with the project.

Tres Amigas LLC's attorney Dave Raskin of Steptoe & Johnson said Wednesday the company has submitted two filings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The company is asking to sell transmission rights through the eastern New Mexico facility based on market rates.

Raskin says Tres Amigas also is asking that Texas' jurisdiction over the Texas power grid after it's connected to the facility remain.

The proposed facility would route energy from isolated wind and solar installations to urban centers.

Raskin says the commission could issue a decision in early February.