The proposed Bailey - New Amherst - Lamb 115 kV Transmission Line Project consists of approximately 40-50 miles (depending on the route selected) of new 115 kV transmission line between the existing Bailey County Interchange, located near Muleshoe, Texas and the existing Lamb County Interchange located near Littlefield, Texas. The project also includes expanding the Lamb County Interchange, adding a new substation (New Amherst), as well as expanding Sudan Rural Substation and the Bailey County Pump Station.
A need for this project has been identified by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), based on their 2014 Integrated Transmission Plan Near Term Study, to address overload issues and improve electrical reliability for customers in the service area. SPP issued a Notice to Construct on February 19, 2014.
In April, 2018 Xcel Energy filed a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) with the Public Utility Commission of Texas seeking approval for the project. The CCN process determines the project need and impact as well as the line characteristics, such as substations and endpoints, and the line route.
If approved, the proposed line has an expected in-service date of March 15, 2022.