Rifle (Ute) to Parachute Transmission Line Project


Voltage: 230 kV line
Estimated length: 20 miles
Estimated cost: $28 million
In-service date: December 22, 2016

Construction on the Rifle (Ute) to Parachute transmission line project began in March, 2016. The line was placed in-service on December 22, 2016. The project includes a single-circuit 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line approximately 20 miles between Xcel Energy’s Rifle (Ute) Substation, located one mile south and one and a half miles east of the Town of Rifle, and the Parachute Substation, located at the intersection of Highways 6 and 24. The two substations were upgraded as part of the project.

Project Purpose
The new line will provide additional transmission capacity to serve the current and anticipated oil and gas production and exploration in the project area, including the Piceance Basin and surrounding area.

Construction Details
A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) was filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on January 11, 2013. Pursuant to Colorado Senate Bill 07-100 requirements, the CPUC approved the CPCN application on Feb. 27, 2013.