Xcel unveils powerful new turbine

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Updated: 6/22/2013 4:23 am
A new turbine which powers thousands of home was unveiled at Xcel's energy plant Friday.

The turbine is the fourth fully-operational unit at the Jones Generating Station in Southeast Lubbock.

The gas-fueled turbine was operational in May but Xcel leaders and others commemorated the completion of the project Friday.

According to Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy, the turbine was not only ahead of time, but close to $20 million under the set budget.

"They can be brought up to 150 megawatts in about 10 minutes," Reeves said, "which is really important in many ways. It saves money. We have to keep a lot of our units spinning and reserve and these don't have to do that. So that saves fuel costs for customers."

With the completion of the new unit, the Jones Station is now capable of producing close to 850 megawatts of electricity, enough to power an average of more than 600,000 homes.
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