New energy facility to open in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Xcel Energy will open its new facility in eastern New Mexico next month.

The electricity provider will hold a ceremony July 8 to launch a 24,000-square-foot facility.

The property is located inside a Carlsbad industrial park and cost nearly $5 million to build.

The company will employ 37 people full-time and have additional contract workers.

Demand for electricity in the region is expected to grow significantly because of booms in the oil and mining industry.

Xcel has plans for 240 miles of new distribution lines that will carry electricity straight to customers in Lea and Eddy counties. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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