New transmission line route options
identified in eastern Elbert County
and western Lincoln County
Xcel Energy continues to make progress identifying the preferred transmission line route for Segment 5 (Tundra – Harvest Mile) of Colorado’s Power Pathway. We have received a large amount of feedback from landowners and other stakeholders on Segment 5 route options which we continue to evaluate. Based on this feedback, we are now evaluating potential additional route options in eastern Elbert County and western Lincoln County. A preferred route has not been finalized, nor have we stopped considering existing Segment 5 route options in Pueblo, El Paso, Elbert and Arapahoe counties.
Public Open Houses
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Segment 5 Eastern Review Area (ERA) public open houses. If you were unable to attend, meeting materials are available at the bottom of this page. As we look ahead at next steps for Segment 5:
- We will determine the need for additional public meetings in areas where the preferred transmission line route has not been identified.
- We will continue incorporating link-specific feedback throughout the routing process.
Eastern Review Area Map
Potential additional route options are represented by a solid blue line in the Segment 5 ERA.
Click and zoom in on the interactive map to see a detailed view of the ERA or enter an address in the Search Bar to view a specific location. Additional revisions may be posted in the coming weeks; please check back for the most up-to-date information.
The Segment 5 focus area preliminary transmission route links depicted on the map reflect our latest routing analysis:
- Green dashed line – Preferred transmission route link
- Orange dashed line – Alternative option to a preferred transmission route link
- Red dashed line – Link removed from consideration
- Yellow line – Preliminary route link that will be narrowed down until a single preferred route is identified
- Solid dark and light red lines – Township and section boundaries (these are not transmission route links)
Please visit our homepage to see additional information on Segment 5 preliminary transmission route links.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional information is available on our FAQ page.
What is Colorado’s Power Pathway?
Colorado’s Power Pathway is a $1.7 to $2 billion investment to improve the state’s electric grid and enable future renewable energy development around the state. The project will increase electric reliability, boost the regional economy and create jobs during construction.
Colorado’s Power Pathway will span more than a dozen counties, primarily in eastern Colorado, and include:
- Up to 650 miles of new 345-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line
- Four new and four expanded substations
- First segments in-service by 2025, with other segments complete in 2026 and 2027
What is a routing process?
Colorado’s Power Pathway uses a multi-step process to identify and develop the preferred transmission line route that includes engaging the public, landowners and other stakeholders. Throughout our routing process, we have received information that has helped develop our route proposals including changes, additions and eliminations of route options. This includes feedback from landowners, local government and other stakeholders and is a valuable part of our process. This feedback, along with a number of other siting and routing considerations, are instrumental in providing information to help us identify the preferred route for projects like this.
Additional items that influence eventual route proposals include identifying cultural and historical resources, technical and engineering requirements, environmental constraints, existing and planned land use, factors related to the construction and operation of the transmission line and other factors that people have told us are important to consider are also evaluated and compared for every possible route option. The final route proposed in the county permitting process balances all these factors. Learn more about siting and routing.
How will Colorado’s Power Pathway potentially impact my property?
If a route is proposed on your property and the county approves that route, we would purchase an easement to build, operate and maintain the transmission line on the property. You would continue to own the property and, in most cases, continue to use your property as you do currently, as long as it does not interfere with the operation and maintenance of the transmission line.
The right-of-way (ROW) width required for the transmission line is 150 feet. A ROW is the actual land area acquired for a specific purpose, such as a transmission line, roadway or other infrastructure.
An easement is the legal document that must be signed by a landowner before the utility can proceed and explains what uses a landowner can continue to conduct within the ROW.
Landowners are typically given a one-time payment based on fair market value for easement rights to their land, traditionally based on the appraised land value. Most land is still usable for the same purpose it had been used for, particularly in agricultural settings. Landowners also are eligible for reasonable compensation for property damage that may occur when the transmission line is constructed. Those issues are included in easement documents. Learn more about easements and ROW.
How do I provide feedback about Colorado’s Power Pathway?
There are several ways to provide feedback about the Project:
- Attend one of our open houses in early August
- Email ColoradosPowerPathway@xcelenergy.com or call our toll-free hotline at 855-858-9037
- Submit a comment form, which will be available on this page in the coming weeks