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Xcel Energy to complete Tuco–Yoakum–Hobbs line project in June [free access]

April 30, 2020

Xcel Energy is expected to complete the USD242 million Tuco–Yoakum–Hobbs line project in June in New Mexico and Texas. The 168-mile (270-km), 345 kV transmission line will complement the supply of power at a lower customer cost in the region. It is a part of the New Mexico–Texas Power Transmission Project, which also includes the Hobbs–China Draw line project that was energised in July 2018.


The New Mexico–Texas transmission project is part of Xcel Energy’s USD3 billion ‘Power for the Plains’—a grid enhancement initiative that aims to deliver reliable and abundant electricity to customers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.


The Tuco–Yoakum–Hobbs segment of the New Mexico–Texas project includes the construction of 345-kV the line from Hobbs substation in Lea County, New Mexico, to the Yoakum County substation in Yoakum County, Texas, and upgrading of the existing Hobbs (New Mexico) and Yoakum (Texas) substations. Construction works are taking place on the final 105 mile (169 km) section between Yoakum substation and the TUCO substation located approximately two miles (3.2 km) north of Abernathy in Hale County, Texas. Other portions of the line between Yoakum County substation and the Hobbs substation are already complete.


The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PSC) have granted certificates of convenience and necessity (CCNs) for the USD242 million project.