Jornada to Moongate 115kV Transmission Line Project

Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd. (Tierra), has been retained by The El Paso Electric Company (EPE) to assist in providing the necessary land services to complete the Jornada to Moongate 115kV Transmission Line (the project). Due to high growth in the area, the project is necessary to meet increased demand and will involve construction of a new electric transmission line from the current Jornada Substation, on the corner of Thurmond Road and Calle Paraiso, to the new Moongate Substation, which is currently under construction at the corner of Moongate Road and El Centro Boulevard. The transmission line will be approximately 8.8 miles long and will be constructed across privately owned parcels and New Mexico State Trust lands and within City of Las Cruces public rights-of-way.

The purpose of the new transmission line is to increase capacity and create adequate system reliability to meet the East Mesa area’s current and future demand for electric service. Development along the planned route is occurring rapidly, and the new line will provide the required redundancy that EPE needs in order to minimize any disruptions to the electric service customers currently receive. Through technical evaluations, modeling, and analysis, project engineers have determined that a new 115kV transmission line connecting the Jornada Substation and Moongate Substation is critical and necessary for EPE’s operations.

Construction Update: Construction crews have begun clearing and grubbing easement areas from Peachtree Hills Road to the new substation at El Centro and Moongate. It is anticipated that installation of the transmission line structures will begin in March 2021.

Questions?

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Staff Agent Darragh Heenan at (505) 433-3748 (office), (800) 887-0847 (toll free), or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will be more than happy to discuss the project and assist with any questions.

Information last updated: February 24, 2021.

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