Xcel Energy is proposing to replace the 65-year-old Fruita to Uintah 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Fruita and unincorporated Mesa County, Colorado to increase electric reliability and reduce potential safety risks associated with aging poles and equipment.
The 4-mile line is critical to providing reliable service to customers and cannot be taken out of service to be replaced. Xcel Energy is currently studying route options to relocate the electric line.
The existing line runs approximately 4 miles in Fruita and unincorporated Mesa County, from the Fruita Substation (south of the Colorado River, just east of Hwy-340) to the Uintah Substation (west of downtown Fruita between I-70 and US-50). The existing line crosses land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), and private property.
Depending on the route selected, between 3.5 and 4 miles of the transmission line will be rebuilt. One section of the line near the Uintah substation was rebuilt in the 1990s.
Xcel Energy hosted an in-person open house on Feb. 16 and has posted a video of the presentation content here (external link) to provide information about the project, answer questions and take public comment about potential route options.
A follow up meeting is planned for July 27, 2022 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at the Fruita Community Center- Cherry Conference Room, 324 N. Coulson St. Fruita, CO 81521.
If you have questions or comments about the project, or would like to comment on specific route options, please email us at email@example.com or call toll-free 1-855-839-8864
A preferred route was chosen based on natural resources, engineering, construction, land use, permitting requirements, land acquisition, and public comments. Xcel Energy received public comments from the in-person open house and other communications including an online presentation and project website. These comments were considered during the routing process. The map below shows the preferred route.
Later this year, Xcel Energy will file permits with the City of Fruita, Mesa County and BLM. We expect those permits to be considered and approved in late 2022. We began our design and engineering process in June 2022 and will start to work with landowners to secure easements. Construction is expected to begin in late summer 2023 with completion expected by the end of 2023.
If you have questions or comments, please contact us via the comment form below or by emailing Fruita69kVrebuild@xcelenergy.com.