New electrical substations go online in southern New Mexico

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Xcel Energy says two new substations and a pair of transmission lines are now in service in southeastern New Mexico.

The company announced Monday it has hit a milestone in its project to boost the high-voltage transmission and distribution system in the region by bringing the new infrastructure online.

Project manager Shannon Close says the substations and lines came in on time and on budget. They’re capable of adding 25,000 horsepower to the region’s industrial base.

Horsepower is a measurement of the power needed to run oil pump jacks and other equipment. One horsepower is equivalent to 746 watts of power.

In all, Xcel has plans to invest $3 billion in new and improved power lines, substations and generating equipment across its Texas-New Mexico service area between now and 2020. 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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