Power for the Plains

China Draw-Yeso Hills 115 kV Transmission Line Project

The proposed China Draw-Yeso Hills 115 kV transmission line project consists of approximately 18 miles of new 115 kV transmission line and a new substation. The project will connect the new China Draw substation located about 22 miles south of Carlsbad to the new Yeso Hills substation located approximately 25 miles southwest of Carlsbad.

This project will provide new transmission capacity and electric service to the areas around the new Yeso Hills substation and will improve service reliability in the area.

The proposed China Draw-Yeso Hills 115 kV transmission line project is expected to be in-service in 2021. The estimated cost of the project is $16 million.

On April 29, 2014, the Southwest Power Pool approved the issuance of 44 Notices to Construct to Xcel Energy’s Southwest Public Service Company for new transmission facilities in New Mexico needed between now and 2021 at a cost of $557 million. Xcel Energy plans to build all of the approved facilities including construction of 12 new substations and upgrades to nine existing substations, as well as 149 miles of new 115 kV and 245 miles of new 345 kV transmission lines.

Quick Facts
Estimated length
18.4 miles
Estimated cost
$16 million
Proposed in-service date
December 1, 2021