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Xcel Energy completes project in northeast Hereford

Xcel Energy has completed a new high-voltage line and substation in Hereford, meant to improve reliability of the existing system and to increase capacity for moving more power as the city grows. (File Photo)

Xcel Energy has completed a new high-voltage line and substation in Hereford, meant to improve reliability of the existing system and to increase capacity for moving more power as the city grows.

“The core industries that drive our regional economy have all experienced significant growth over the past decade, and it’s critical that we build out the system to serve this new demand and prepare for decades of additional economic expansion,” said Mike Grant, manager for Community and Economic Development in Hereford.

In March, the company energized a new 115-kilovolt transmission line running from the Northeast Hereford Substation to a new substation west of the existing Centre Street Substation, which is too small to accommodate the new infrastructure needed to serve a 115-kilovolt line.

The new substation was named La Plata in honor of the first county seat of Deaf Smith County and was built on more than four acres of land Xcel acquired from the city of Hereford.

Transmission lines transport electricity from power sources into towns, cities and industrial areas. Substations transform electricity to lower voltages and send them along distribution lines that are located up and down city streets and alleys.

The Northeast Hereford La Plata Project is part of a larger effort known as "Power for the Plains" that is enhancing the power grid across all of Xcel's Texas and New Mexico service area. Xcel has invested in more than 800 miles of new transmission lines and more than 30 new substations across its Texas-New Mexico area since 2011, along with upgrades to another 40 existing substations.

More than 700 miles of additional line is anticipated to be completed by 2021 and an additional 27 substations will be built or upgraded. The transmission expansion represents more than $3 billion in investment.

Learn more about current and upcoming projects at www.powerfortheplains.com.

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