AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Xcel Energy will be undergoing a $6.7 million renovation at their location on 48th Avenue in Amarillo.
The Operation Center building was built in 1970 and the remodel will provide new technology for the electronic operational grid and a better work environment for employees.
“We have quite a few employees that are based in that area, who oversee the operation of our transmission network. That is the big power lines that take power from a power source into our towns and cities,” explains Xcel Energy Spokesman Wes Reeves.
The building is 49-years-old and the Xcel Spokesman says it has not seen any upgrades since it first opened.
“It’s in dire need of some upgrades and its really part of an effort we’ve been making all around our service territory, not only to upgrade the electrical systems that bring power to our customers, but also the facilities from which we work,” says Reeves.
According to Xcel Energy, in a rapidly changing industry, they are taking a smart and thoughtful approach to how they produce and deliver energy, looking for better ways to serve customers.
They plan to be the first U.S. energy provider with 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.
“That’s why we have to be so careful on how we plan our system. Looking out 10-20 years in the future, many times, to make sure we are building what we need," says Reeves. "Not only to take care of today’s needs, but we have to be ready to take care of the economy 10-20 years from now.”
If you’re ever wondering how you turn your lights on and off, Xcel’s Operation Center has people working 24/7 to make sure you have electricity throughout the day.