Archives for January 2013

Xcel Energy Power Grid Upgrades (previously Hollydale Project)

Xcel Energy has been studying ways to address electric reliability issues in the Plymouth area, and has three new alternatives (view details at the link below) to address the power grid deficiencies. In 2011, Excel Energy proposed the Hollydale project, an upgrade of an existing 69 kilovolt (kV) line to a larger 115kV line in the Plymouth area to address electric reliability problems. They withdrew that proposal in order to identify a smaller scale solution to correct the electric reliability issues in the area and to provide sufficient capacity to meet long-term needs.

The city of Plymouth population has quadrupled over the last 40 years. Since 1990, the population has grown from 50,000 to over 75,000 residents. The growth has driven electricity demand in the area. A strong local power grid is necessary to ensure that Xcel Energy is able to provide reliable electric service to the community.

More information on the proposed alternatives can be found at this link: