The City of Carlsbad granted an easement agreement Sept. 28 for a new Xcel Energy substation, read City Council documents.
Xcel subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) requested a 30 feet easement on city owned property near Ocotillo Elementary School to install electric utility facilities, said City of Carlsbad Administrator John Lowe in a memorandum to councilors.
According to maps, the new Caveman Substation was located near the property owned by the City of Carlsbad and the Spring Farms Property.
In his memo, Lowe said the City owned nearly 12 acres of land west of Ocotillo Elementary School. The easement runs across the northern boundary of the property.
“SPS has the right to install, operate, relocate, construct, reconstruct, add to, maintain, inspect, patrol, enlarge, repair, and replace utility facilities for the transmission and distribution of electricity upon, over, under, and across the property included in the easement and to remove utility facilities from the property,” read part of the agreement.
Per the agreement, Xcel Energy had the right to remove all trees, branches or other obstructions that may endanger operations, safety or efficiency of utility facilities on the property where the easement was located.
“A new transmission connection will tie Caveman to the nearest 115-kilovolt transmission line more than a mile away. Caveman’s development follows the opening of the new Sisko Substation, which was placed into service this spring to free up capacity on the grid in the south of Carlsbad,” said Wes Reeves, Xcel spokesperson.
“Caveman will play a similar role in easing the strain on lines and substations in the northern part of the city and is expected to be completed in May 2022 ahead of next year’s summer peak.”
He said triple-digit temperatures earlier this year prompted ongoing developments driving the need for additional capacity to sustained continued growth in electrical in future years.
In an Xcel news release, James Lackey, Xcel’s manager for community and economic development in Southeastern New Mexico, the continue continued upgrades and expanded service in the near future.
“Ultimately we expect to have a continuous high-voltage loop around the city that will enable us to better isolate sections of the grid and reroute power flows so maintenance can be performed with minimal loss of service,” he said.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said the new power facility ensures power for the growing Quail Hollow and Spring Hollow neighborhoods.
“This upgrade will help adjust to any current and future growth in the area. This easement should not inhibit the public in any way,” he said
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