Kestrel 230-Kilovolt Interconnection

Project Overview

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 building new infrastructure to meet current and future needs.

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

At Xcel Energy, we’re more than an energy provider. We’re committed to partnering with businesses to meet their unique needs and supporting the communities we serve with clean, reliable and affordable energy. Our proposed project will help create full-time, high paying jobs, and drive greater environmental benefits through the increased use of clean energy resources.

Project Description

The proposed 230-kV extension will be a double-circuit transmission line on fire-resistant steel single-pole structures. Staff engineers and planners recommend placing the interconnector line in an industrial area south of Interstate 70 and east of Gun Club Road. Less than two miles in length, the new line will connect with a nearby Xcel Energy 230-kV line and extend to our proposed Kestrel Substation at the customer’s facility—a planned 80-acre data-center campus.

We conducted a routing study and held an open house during fall 2022 and met with local officials about the proposed project. Based on our study and input received, we will submit requests for permits from all applicable agencies. Our preferred rout minimizes community and environmental impact while meeting engineering and safety standards.

Public Outreach

We’re committed to working with residents, landowners, officials and other stakeholders to explain the project and answer your questions. Please contact us at or call the project information line at 303-571-7177 to leave a message.



Routing study: Summer-Fall 2022
Community open house: Oct. 25, 2022
Meetings with local officials: Fall 2022
Route selection: Fall 2022
Permitting: Winter 2023-Spring 2024
Construction begins late 2024 or early 2025
In service: 2025

(Schedule subject to change.)

Document Library

Project Kestrel Info Sheet (PDF)
Project Kestrel FAQ (PDF)