Tres Amigas considers running HVDC transmission network underground

Tres Amigas CEO and president Phillip Harris introduced the concept of a buried High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electric transmission network for New Mexico.

The transmission project could provide the opportunity for energy programs and resources in the Four Corners region to be connected not only to the West but to the Eastern and Texas Interconnections, according to Tres Amigas.

Phase two of the project would connect southern New Mexico with a new HVDC connection from Eddy County to Tres Amigas at Clovis, N.M. Collectively the project is to be called “The New Mexico Express.”

“New Mexico is well recognized for its abundant renewable energy resources. However, those resources will remain undeveloped unless transmission can be built to carry that power to locations where it is needed. The New Mexico Express project could provide significant transmission capacity to accomplish that purpose, and accordingly could benefit the economy of our state in a substantial way,” said Former New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, who served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee before retiring.

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