Update for Elbert County Residents
The Power Pathway Project is a proposal by Xcel Energy to improve the state’s electric grid and enable future renewable energy interconnections around the state. Colorado’s Power Pathway will increase electric reliability. It is a $2 billion effort that provides 560-650 miles of new double-circuit transmission lines, eight new or expanded substations, and spans 12 eastern and southeastern Colorado counties.
The plan calls for building the project in five segments, with the segment impacting Elbert County as the last to be built. Segment 5 connects the Tundra Substation in Pueblo with the Harvest Mile Substation in Aurora and potentially transits Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, and Pueblo Counties. Currently, Xcel is working to identify routing and siting and plans for permitting applications to take place in 2022-2023 for potential construction in 2025-2027.
The project requires approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). In March 2021, Xcel took the first step in the state approval process by filing an application with CPUC. County land use permits will be required before any construction in Elbert County. Prior to any approval, community meetings and public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners will be held. At this time, no application for this project has been received by the county.
The accompanying map shows the specific area (in grey) that Xcel is considering for the transmission line route for Segment 5. Individual landowners should expect to be contacted by Xcel or its associates regarding willingness to lease or sell right of way for this project.
Xcel has advertised an open house meeting regarding this project at the Elbert County Fairgrounds on November 4 from 3-7 p.m. More information can be found at www.ColoradosPower Pathway.com.