Provided by Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy has filed a plan with the Public Utility Commission of Texas for $65 million in power grid upgrades in Bailey and Lamb counties to relieve overloaded lines and accommodate future economic expansion in the region.
The Bailey-New Amherst-Lamb 115-kilovolt Transmission Line Project calls for 40 to 50 miles of new 115-kilovolt transmission line between the existing Bailey County Substation, located near Muleshoe, Texas, and the existing Lamb County Substation located near Littlefield, Texas. The project also includes expanding the Lamb County Substation, adding a new substation called New Amherst, and expanding Sudan Rural Substation and the Bailey County Pump Station. The new line and associated substation upgrades are planned to be in service in March 2022. Total cost, including lower-voltage distribution line upgrades, is expected to be approximately $65 million.
"We continue to see strong growth in these counties, and this investment in the electrical facilities that serve the area is indicative of this growth and our faith in the future of South Plains communities," said Steve Deaton, Xcel Energy regional manager for Community and Economic Development in Lubbock.
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. A kilovolt is equal to 1,000 volts.