WAPA Ault to Cloverly Transmission Line
Voltage: 115/230 kV line
Estimated cost: $65 million
Target in-service: 2020
The Northern Colorado Area Plan would increase generation capacity, enhance electric reliability and expand load-serving capability of the Xcel Energy electric transmission system north of Greeley.
The proposed project includes building approximately 25 miles of new 115-kilovolt (kV) and 230-kV transmission line between the Western Area Power Authority (WAPA) Ault Substation and a location northeast of Greeley where the new 115-kV transmission lines connects to Xcel Energy's existing 115-kV line near the Cloverly Substation. The project also includes construction of two new substations and the expansion of two existing substation facilities. The proposed project is the first step in replacing the existing 44-kV infrastructure throughout the region with higher voltage facilities. The 44-kV system is one of the oldest transmission assets owned by Xcel Energy, with infrastructure dating back to the early 1900's. Pending approvals, the project is expected to be completed by 2020.
Schedule (Pending Approval)
2018 - File local, state, federal permits
2019 - Begin construction
2020 - Project placed in-service
Xcel Energy filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and necessity (CPCN) application with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on March 9, 2017 to construct the Northern Colorado Area Plan. When proposing a high voltage transmission line project, investor-owned utilities must file a CPCN application with the CPUC. You can review all regulatory filings on the CPUC web site by entering 17A-0146E in the 'Proceeding Number' field. The CPCN process allows the Company to proceed with implementation, but does not decide the specific routes and locations of the transmission lines and substations. Those issues are determined through a separate local government siting process. Xcel Energy anticipates filing for development permit approvals with Weld County and the Town of Ault.
The proposed Northern Colorado Area Transmission Project consists of the following components:
January 2018 Direct Mail Piece
October 2017 Direct Mail Piece
Siting and Permitting
EMF Fact Sheet
Birds and Power Lines
Safety Around Powerlines
Working with Landowners
Overhead vs. Underground
Transmission Line Construction Process
Northern Colorado Area Plan Fact Sheet
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