Xcel Energy plans $400 million Texas, New Mexico transmission line

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Xcel Energy plans to build a 345-kV power line between Texas and New Mexico to extend its electrical transmission system.

The company on Wednesday announced the $400 million project to connect a substation north of Abernathy, Texas, to a similar site in Eddy County, New Mexico.

Xcel says it's begun seeking regulatory approval for the 240-mile route.

A similar transmission project was completed in 2014 connecting the Texas substation to a unit near Woodward, Oklahoma.

Officials with Minneapolis-based Xcel say the westward extension will help ensure that power can move freely into oil and gas producing regions.

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