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Xcel Builds New Powerlines To Keep Pace with Growing Amarillo

Improved reliability, greater capacity keeps pace with citys growth.
AMARILLO -- Xcel Energy has finished a new high-voltage electric transmission line in north Amarillo - one of a series of upgrades to the citys high-voltage electricity transmission system. 

The new lines will boost the reliability and capacity of a network serving the ever-expanding outer rings of the city.

The new, 115-kilovolt line runs six miles between the recently built Rolling Hills Substation on Cherry Avenue south to the Hastings Substation near Hastings Avenue and Broadway Drive. Total cost, including the new substation, is $21.3 million.

"This project, along with the other Amarillo transmission enhancements, helps prevent and minimize outages by providing alternate routes for power to flow in the case of outages on the network," said David Hudson, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. "These lines also boost the capacity of the system, which helps us meet the growing demand for electricity in north Amarillo and around the entire city."
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