The regional transmission network delivered 6.15 gigawatts of electricity to customers on
A heat wave in July contributed to the surge. But it’s oil and gas production in the
“Some of it is weather driven, but we’re seeing extreme strength in load growth in
One megawatt is enough electricity to serve about 500 typical homes in the area.
Over the next five years, Xcel projects another 768 MW more in load growth for the area above and beyond what the company had previously forecast, Hudson added.
“That’s additional electricity to serve customers asking for service that we will connect up, primarily in the oil and gas industry,” Hudson said.
Most of the growth is coming from the
Excel is investing heavily in new infrastructure to meet demand. Last week, it inaugurated an 86-mile, 345 kilowatt transmission line from
The $140 million project is the first of several segments of a $400 million transmission improvement project that by 2020 will connect to the TUCO substation north of
Since 2011, the company has invested in more than 800 miles of transmission lines and more than 30 new substations, plus upgrades to another 40 substations. Counting new projects now planned or underway, the company will have invested about $3 billion in regional infrastructure by 2021, Reeves said.
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