AMARILLO -- Xcel Energy system is investing in the Plainview area to boost the reliability and capacity of the regional power grid.
The $106.7 million investment is in new substations and high-voltage transmission lines in Hale, Castro, Parmer, Swisher, Bailey and Lamb counties that should be mostly completed by years end.
“We continue to see strong agricultural demand as farmers and ranchers demand more electric power for irrigation purposes in this area,” said David Hudson, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. “Our transmission and distribution system is much like our system of highways and city streets. As traffic increases - in our case, electricity demand - we have to update and expand the lines that transport power to a growing customer base. “
In the Plainview area, Xcel Energy has built two new substations and has completed or is constructing several new transmission lines. These projects include:
The new Newhart Substation five miles northeast of Hart, Texas
A new 115-kilovolt line 18 miles in length connecting Newhart Substation to Kress Substation near Kress, Texas
A new 115-kilvolt line 24 miles in length connecting Newhart Substation to Castro Substation, located about five miles southwest of Dimmitt, Texas
The new Kiser Substation northeast of Plainview
A new 115-kilovolt line 8.7 miles in length connecting Kiser Substation to Cox Substation, located east of Plainview
Projects now under construction or being planned include:
A new 115-kilovolt transmission line from Newhart to the Hart Industrial and Lamton substations in Castro and Lamb counties, respectively
A new 230-kilovolt transmission line from Newhart to Swisher County Substation
A new 115-kilovolt transmission line connecting Kiser Substation to Kress Substation