Xcel finalizes plans for transmission project

New concerns surround NM transmission line

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – A transmission loop that provides the Roswell area with electricity will be getting a major upgrade now that Xcel Energy has finalized its plans.

The provider says work on the second phase of the $30 million project is expected to start in 2017 with the installation of a 115 kilovolt line. The new transmission line will replace a smaller one that runs south of Roswell.

Work first began in 2013 to upgrade a substation in western Roswell to accommodate the larger line.

The Roswell project is part of Xcel’s effort to upgrade and expand its regional transmission network. The company says it plans to invest more than $3 billion in capital projects in New Mexico and Texas over the next five years.

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