Hopkins to Basalt 115-kV Rebuild Project

Xcel Energy is building a better, cleaner energy future by taking steps to create a smarter and stronger energy grid, for a more secure energy supply. This commitment includes replacing infrastructure reaching the end of its useful life.

Xcel Energy proposes to rebuild the existing 11-mile, 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Hopkins and Basalt substations in Eagle and Garfield counties. The transmission line was originally built in 1909 with a combination of wood H-frame, fiberglass H-frame and lattice structures.

Due to natural weathering and the overall age of the poles and equipment, the line has reached the end of its useful life and must be replaced. The transmission line will be rebuilt to current industry standards that include additional measures to reduce wildfire risk. New infrastructure will improve electric service reliability to homes and businesses in the region and help meet the growing energy needs for years to come.

Approximately five miles of the line are located in Eagle County, with the remaining infrastructure in Garfield County. About half of the project is located on property managed by the Bureau of Land Management with another portion within Colorado Parks and Wildlife land, and the rest located on private property. Xcel Energy conducted public meetings and took community input regarding the project and decided to rebuild the transmission line largely within its current 100-foot right-of-way.

Project Details

Schedule and next steps


Xcel Energy conducted two community meetings in 2022, one in the community room of the Basalt Regional Library on October 12, and the other at Roaring Fork High School on October 18. At the meetings, Xcel Energy provided information about the project, the technologies to be used to construct the project and a general construction timeline. Xcel Energy has mailed information to property owners with land along the route, communicated with business associations, state and local agencies, and regularly engage with county staff and leaders concerning our progress.

For questions or to provide input regarding this project, please email us at HopkinstoBasalt@xcelenergy.com or call 303-571-6503.

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