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Xcel holds groundbreaking for new Sioux Falls substation

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. says its new Sioux Falls substation will have the capacity to serve the city's downtown electric needs for the next 100 years.

The Argus Leader reports that construction has begun on the $11 million project and Minneapolis-based utility held a groundbreaking at the site on Monday. The substation will sit on 15 acres at the former Sioux Falls stockyards site and is expected to start operations in mid-2015.

The existing Xcel substation was built in 1924. The new substation sits on a site that's 10 times larger than the original and is part of a larger project to double the power-carrying capability of Xcel's north loop in the city.