Public Service Company of Colorado Rifle to Parachute Transmission Line Project

Meeting electric demand in the Piceance Basin area

Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, proposes to construct the Rifle to Parachute Transmission Line project. The project consists of:
- An overhead single-circuit 230,000-volt (230-kV) electric transmission line
- Improvements to the existing Rifle and Parachute Substations

The proposed project is to construct a second overhead single-circuit 230-kV electric transmission line between our Rifle Substation and Parachute Substation. Although the final route for the new transmission line is not known at this time, the line will originate at the existing Rifle Substation located one mile south and one and one-half miles east of the Town of Rifle in the SE¼ of Section 14, T6S, R93W. The line will travel southwest for approximately 18 miles to the existing Parachute Substation located at the intersection of Highways 6 and 24 in the SW¼ of Section 6, T7S, R95W. The line will traverse private property as well as public lands owned and operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requires a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for construction and operation of an electric transmission line if the proposed project is out of the ordinary course of business for that utility. It is an application submitted by a utility to demonstrate that a proposed project would be a necessity and benefit the public. We submitted our CPCN application for this Project on Jan. 11, 2013, pursuant to Colorado Senate Bill 07-100 requirements and the CPUC found that the requested CPCN was in the public interest and granted approval of the application on Feb. 27, 2013.

Anticipated Project Schedule

  • Begin BLM Permitting – fall 2012
  • Conduct Public Outreach – fall 2012
  • Outreach to Property Owners – continuing
  • Environmental Resource Studies – spring 2013
  • BLM Permits Completed – spring 2014
  • Begin Local Permitting – fall 2014
  • Local Permits Completed – late 2014/early 2015
  • Land/Easement Acquisition – early 2015
  • Transmission Construction Start – September 2015
  • Projected In-Service Date – May 2, 2016

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Senior Agent, Siting and Land Rights

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