Xcel To Invest $557M In New Mexico, West Texas

May 13, 2014

Xcel Energy has plans to invest $557 million in new transmission lines and substations to feed the growing economies of eastern New Mexico and West Texas.

Officials say demand for electricity in the region is expected to grow significantly because of booms in the oilfield and the mining industry.

The plan calls for 400 miles of high-voltage lines and 12 new substations. Some of the projects were identified in a regional study and recently approved by the Southwest Power Pool, which oversees the reliability of the grid in an eight-state region that includes New Mexico and Texas.

In addition to the projects announced by Xcel this week, the electric provider already has plans for 240 miles of new distribution lines in Lea and Eddy counties in southeastern New Mexico.

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