Xcel Energy upgrades Roswell grid

US, New Mexico, Roswell: Xcel Energy has completed a multi-year $24 M project to boost the reliability and capacity of the city’s power grid.

“The improvements we’ve made over the last several years are boosting the reliability of the city’s electrical system and bringing a more abundant supply of power into areas where it’s needed the most,” said Mike McLeod, regional manager for community and economic development in Roswell.

Xcel Energy has invested more than $11 M upgrading the Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) area to a higher voltage, which provides reliability improvements in addition to boosting the capacity to serve new and growing businesses.

This conversion, along with other improvements across the city, was made possible by a $24 M project to upgrade several key substations and build a new high-voltage transmission loop around the city that was completed in 2018, McLeod said.

One of the new substations completed last year is Sierra Substation on the northern edge of the old air base property. Sierra takes power at 115 kV from the new transmission loop and replaces three older substations in the RIAC footprint.

“By upgrading the voltage, the lines will be capable of serving larger loads without concern of straining the system,” McLeod said.

Source: RDR Online

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