As part of an effort to provide more energy to a growing part of Albuquerque, the Public Service Company of New Mexico has announced plans to build a new $35 million substation.
The facility will go up at the northeast corner of University Boulevard SE and Sunport Boulevard SE on currently vacant property that once served as a city landfill.
According to city documents, what is being called the Sagebrush Station will “transmit and distribute electricity for the use and benefit of area neighborhoods, businesses, institutions, and critical transportation infrastructure.”
A communication from PNM to the Albuquerque Development Review Board additionally asserts that “existing substations and associated distribution facilities serving the southeast Albuquerque area are currently at their desired operating load.”
The new facility, continues the communication, “will provide additional capacity for the larger electric grid system to accommodate growth and new development.”
The site comprises just under 21 acres. Plans additionally call for the building of a 14-foot-high decorative block wall that will surround the facility.
The property in question is currently owned by the Albuquerque International Sunport.
According to published reports, PNM has committed itself to cleaning up the former landfill in exchange for an easement between the utility company and airport.
The project is currently being reviewed by the Albuquerque Development Review Board.
If approved by the city, work on the substation could begin sometime early next year.
By Garry Boulard
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