BLM Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement, Resource Management Plan Amendment for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project

SANTA FE, N.M. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental impact statement and resource management plan amendment for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. If approved, this project will allow for the transport of up to 4,500 megawatts of electricity from central New Mexico to markets in Arizona and California.

“The Bureau of Land Management is excited to announce the next stage for the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project,” said BLM New Mexico State Director Melanie Barnes. “Renewable energy is a priority of the Biden administration and the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management is committed to diversifying our state’s renewable energy portfolio while at the same time combatting climate change and investing in communities.”

The BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio. To work towards the Biden-Harris administration’s clean energy goals, the BLM provides sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands and new transmission routes to connect into the grid. The BLM worked with cooperating agencies in preparing the final environmental impact statement.

The issuance of the final environmental impact statement kicks off a 30-day protest period and a 60-day governor’s consistency review.

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined electronically via the ePlanning site:, and at the following locations:

BLM New Mexico State Office
301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508
BLM Arizona State Office
One North Central Ave., Ste. 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004
BLM Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005
BLM Socorro Field Office
901 South Highway 85, Socorro, NM 87801-4168
BLM Safford Field Office
711 14th Ave., Safford, AZ 85546
BLM Tucson Field Office
3201 E. Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756
Cibola National Forest Supervisor’s Office
2113 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
40 Refuge Road San, Acacia, NM 87831

For more information, contact Adrian Garcia or David Alderman at the BLM New Mexico State Office located at 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 or call (505) 954-2199/2094.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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