Xcel Energy improving Dalhart power grid

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DALHART, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Xcel Energy is investing $600,000 in a multi-phase grid
improvement project that is converting the electrical facilities serving Dalhart to a higher voltage.

“Dalhart has been successful in expanding its economy around core industries such as agriculture and
transportation, and strengthening the power grid that supports this growth and job creation is vital not only
to this one city but to the whole region,” said Jesse Shuffield, Xcel Energy manager for Community and
Economic Development for the Dalhart area. “These improvement projects are aimed at updating aging
infrastructure and providing the reliability and capacity necessary to sustain economic growth for years to
come.”

Xcel Energy’s investment in the Dalhart grid is increasing the “electrical pressure” of the lines that serve the
city, boosting the capability of the local grid to meet higher electricity demand from current and future
customers without concern of straining the system. The upgrade is boosting the voltage level to a 15-
kilovolt company standard, which also provides more options for tapping neighboring power sources in
the event of an outage. Additionally, Xcel Energy also has more replacement parts for a 15-kilovolt
system, which helps crews make quicker repairs in the event of outages.

Conversion work has already started in alleys west of downtown Dalhart. Once this work is completed,
crews will start work on areas north of downtown. At the same time, Xcel Energy is surveying customer
locations to ensure they are accurately recorded in the system. This data verification will be critical as the
company prepares to invest in advanced meters in the coming years. Among the many benefits of
advanced metering technology is the ability for grid operators to know when a customer is experiencing
an outage without the customer calling it in.

Xcel Energy anticipates four distinct phases of conversion work in Dalhart that could take several years to
complete. The company expects minimal interruptions to customers, but some jobs do require planned
outages. When these outages are necessary, Xcel Energy field personnel will notify customers in
advance through phone messages or door-to-door visits.

Once the Dalhart conversion project is complete, crews will have installed 200 new transformers and
10,000 feet of new wire.


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