Kestrel 230-Kilovolt Interconnection

Project Overview

Xcel Energy is proposing to extend an existing 230-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line to connect and serve a new industrial customer in the City of Aurora in Adams and Arapahoe counties.

We are currently conducting a routing study – a process to examine and evaluate preliminary route alternatives to identify a viable transmission-line route that minimizes community and environmental impacts while meeting engineering and safety standards and customer needs.

Project Description

The proposed 230-kV extension will be a double-circuit transmission line on fire-resistant steel single-pole structures. The new line is anticipated to be less than two miles long in an industrial area south of Interstate 70 and east of Gun Club Road. The new transmission line will connect with a nearby existing Xcel Energy 230-kV transmission line and extend to our proposed Kestrel Substation at the customer’s facility – a planned 80-acre data-center campus.

We anticipate permitting the new transmission line location will begin in fall 2022 with construction taking place in 2023.

Public Outreach

Learn more about this project. Join us for a “meet and greet” open house.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Vista PEAK Exploratory, Media Center
24551 East 1st Avenue, Aurora

Xcel Energy is committed to working with residents, landowners, officials and other stakeholders to explain the routing study, review opportunities for and constraints to transmission-line routing in this area, discuss preliminary route alternatives and answer your questions about the project.

If you’re unable to join us during the open house October 25, please contact us at or call the project information line at 303-571-7177 to leave a message.

Xcel Energy is more than an energy provider – we’re a committed partner, helping businesses meet their unique needs. Our commitment to economic development will enable this large company to locate its first facility in Colorado, supporting community growth with full-time, high paying jobs, and providing environmental benefits from the customer’s pledge to use clean, carbon-free energy sources.


Routing study: Summer-Fall 2022
Community open house and meetings with local officials: Fall 2022
Route selection: Fall 2022
Permitting: Fall 2022-2023
Construction begins: 2023-2024
In service: Late 2024

(Schedule subject to change.)