February 12, 2018
Growth in the area west of Lubbock calls for growth in electrical infrastructure, and Xcel Energy says it has a new 13-mile line to meet the need.
The 230 kV high-voltage transmission power line — part of an overall $32 million upgrade project — is now finished, linking two substations, in an effort to alleviate overloads that have been a problem in the area.
The link between substations in the city of Wolfforth southwest of Lubbock to the substation in Shallowater, to the city’s northwest, will boost carrying capacity to rural areas to the west of Lubbock and into Hockley County directly to Lubbock’s west, the company said.
The new addition is part of Xcel’s “Power to the Plains” project to upgrade the grid across its Texas and New Mexico service area, with the company working on more than 500 miles of additional lines to be completed by 2021.
“Those of us living in the Lubbock area know that communities west of the city have experienced strong residential and commercial growth over the past few years,” said Steve Deaton, Xcel’s regional manager for Community and Economic Development in Lubbock.
“Growth like this is only sustainable when the basic infrastructure can keep up, and this new line will position these communities for decades of additional expansion.”
The company says more related substation upgrades should be completed in March.