Department of the Interior Releases Statement Supporting SunZia Project

CBC News

September 11, 2023

CORONA, N.M. — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Senior Advisor to the President John Podesta joined federal, state and community leaders today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the SunZia Transmission Project. When completed, this project will transport up to 4,500 megawatts of primarily renewable energy from New Mexico to markets in Arizona and California, furthering the Biden-Harris administration’s historic climate and clean energy goals.

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management approved the project in May 2023 and completed the review period for this project – from the Notice of Intent to Record of Decision – in less than two years. This project represents another milestone from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda – a key pillar of Bidenomics – which is working to accelerate transmission buildout to lower consumers’ energy costs, prevent power outages in the face of extreme weather, create good-paying union jobs, tackle the climate crisis, and achieve the President’s goal of a 100% clean electricity grid by 2035.

“The SunZia Transmission Project will accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy economy by unlocking renewable resources, creating jobs, lowering costs, and boosting local economies,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Through historic investments from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Interior Department is helping build modern, resilient climate infrastructure that protects our communities from the worsening impacts of climate change.”

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