Ute Rifle to De Beque Transmission Rebuild

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 replacing infrastructure reaching the end of its useful life.

We plan to replace the 60-year-old 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Ute Rifle Substation and the De Beque Substation.


The approximately 32-mile transmission line delivers critical energy to the Colorado River region but is more than 60-years-old and was originally built with wood poles. 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. When this project is complete, crews will initiate a different project to remove approximately 17.5 miles of old lines between the Bluestone Valley Substation and the Cameo Substation, which currently runs through De Beque Canyon.

The Rifle Ute to De Beque rebuild project is part of a larger, multi-year effort to rebuild and upgrade vital transmission links between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

Project details

Project schedule

Outreach and communications

Xcel Energy will work with landowners, local governments and the public throughout the process to permit and rebuild this important transmission line. Xcel Energy conducted public open house meetings in Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Parachute, on February 27, 28 and March 13 to provide information about the project, answer questions and take public comments. Information from the open house events may be found in the Resources section below.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please call the project hotline 303-571-7325 or email UteRifletoDeBeque@xcelenergy.com.


Ute Rifle to De Beque Information Sheet (PDF)
Ute Rifle to De Beque Information Sheet (Spanish) (PDF)
February/March Open House Display Boards (PDF)
Transmission Line Construction (PDF)
Birds and Power Lines (PDF)
Safety around power lines (PDF)
Wildfire Mitigation Program (external link)