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Xcel Energy builds substation in Amarillo-Canyon area

USA, Texas, Amarillo: Xcel Energy built Hunsley Substation to improve the reliability of the distribution network and build in capacity for future growth.

Hunsley, located in Canyon, is an $8.3 M investment that is now serving existing customers in the area as well as new residential and commercial developments north toward Loop 335 in south Amarillo.

“We’re proud of the employees and contractors who completed this project safely and on time in spite of the headwinds of the pandemic and the economic uncertainty it has brought,” said David Hudson, president, Xcel Energy – Texas.

Xcel Energy completed the $9 M Western Street Substation on South Western Street in Amarillo last summer, freeing up capacity on neighbouring substations and providing room for additional growth. Looking ahead to 2022, a new substation called Preston West is also planned.

Additionally, work has continued to upgrade power lines in the west of downtown Amarillo, and the Bush Substation in northwest Amarillo was expanded to keep pace with growth in that part of the city.

In 2020, the company replaced close to 5,000 aging poles in its Texas and New Mexico service area, a fourfold increase in pole replacements from earlier years.

“These efforts improve the quality of service for area customers, but also prepare the metro area to grow as we shake off the effects of the pandemic,” Hudson said. “Timely investments in our electrical system are vital to the region’s economic health.”

 

Source: Abc 7 News