Borderlands Wind Project

The Borderlands Wind Project involves the development of an up to 100-megawatt (MW) wind-powered electrical generation facility. The wind farm will be built near the Arizona and New Mexico border with the wind turbines and ancillary facilities located on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, state-owned lands, and privately owned land.

Project Facts

NextEra Energy Resources LLC

Catron County, New Mexico

100 MW facility

34 wind turbines

The Challenge

The Borderlands Wind Project was the first infrastructure project and first renewable energy project to be overseen by the Bureau of Land Management Socorro, New Mexico Field Office (BLM SFO). To ensure success as the agency navigated the complexities and challenges of this pilot project, Dudek was hired as the Compliance Inspection Contractor (CIC).

The Solution

Dudek served as an extension of staff to the BLM SFO, providing a well-qualified environmental compliance manager and team members experienced in major renewable energy construction projects on public lands. The industry-leading Dudek team helped successfully guide the agency staff through the complexities and challenges of implementing compliance oversight during the construction of a major renewable energy infrastructure project by performing construction monitoring, compliance management, and reporting, serving as landowner liaison, and providing administrative record support.

The Impact

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 dictates the development of 10,000 MW of electricity on public lands. With almost 30,000 acres of federal lands located within New Mexico and the southwest, Borderlands Wind is the first of many renewable energy projects to come on federal lands in New Mexico, setting the standard to which all other similar projects will be held.

What We Did

Our multidisciplinary specialties allow us to provide efficiencies that maintain project momentum.
  • Administrative Record Support
  • Agency Compliance Management
  • Compliance Reporting
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Extension of Staff for the Bureau of Land Management
  • Landowner Liaison

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