The projects include rebuilding or replacing conductors on more than 30 miles of transmission line and upgrading seven substations. All projects are due to be energized by 2021.
“Our system is not only expanding to meet changing customer needs, but it’s also being updated to replace aging equipment,” said David Hudson, president of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel company. “So maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure is equally important as building new infrastructure. The newly accepted projects will ensure continued reliable and affordable service, including meeting state and regional energy policy goals and supporting a diverse energy supply mix, including renewable energy in SE New Mexico.”
As part of the Power for the Plains initiative, Xcel has invested in nearly 800 miles of new transmission lines and 10 substations since 2011 in N.M. and Texas.
Xcel also reports construction is underway on the 25-mile, 115-kV transmission line located in and around Artesia. Upgrades are being made at the Atoka and Eagle Creek Substations, as well, and the project is slated for October completion.