August 15, 2023

SPP board selects NextEra Energy Transmission Southwest, LLC to construct $291.6 million New Mexico transmission project

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors approved an industry expert panel (IEP) recommendation for NextEra Energy Transmission Southwest, LLC to build the Crossroads-Hobbs-Roadrunner transmission project. The proposed 90.5-mile and 44.5-mile, 345-kilovolt lines will connect the Crossroads, Hobbs and Roadrunner substations in New Mexico, will cost an estimated $291.6 million to construct and are expected to be completed in 2026. The board approved Southwestern Public Service Company as the alternate builder.

The IEP evaluated this project through its competitive transmission owner selection process, which is required under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 1000 for certain transmission projects. It is the fifth project for which SPP facilitated this process.

In response to FERC’s Order 1000, SPP annually forms a pool of individuals used to create an industry expert panel who reviews, ranks, and scores proposals for certain transmission projects approved for construction by the SPP board of directors.

Meghan Sever, (501)482-2393,