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Xcel nearly done with grid modernization project in Roswell

May 2, 2019

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A utility that serves customers across eastern New Mexico is close to completing a multiyear project aimed at improving the reliability and capacity of Roswell’s power grid.

Xcel Energy announced Wednesday that the project includes a major upgrade to the Roswell International Air Center, where the city’s airport, a university and industrial sites are located.

As the former home of Walker Air Force Base, the area was served by electrical systems that were developed by the military decades ago and did not meet modern demands.

The utility says upgrading the lines to a higher, standard voltage will provide more power for new and expanding businesses and also to nearby residential neighborhoods.

In all, Xcel says it has invested $35 million in the city’s power systems over the past several years.

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