Planning for the Future (2021 – 2025)
New Braunfels is a fast growing community; repeatedly ranked as the second fastest growing city in the country. In response, NBU has an aggressive capital improvement project plan to build and enhance necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing community and ensure we are prepared to meet the electric, water, and wastewater needs for generations to come.
NBU is investing more than $587 million into 70+ future projects over the next five years
NBU’s featured projects:
Additional Electric Projects
$20.2M – System Extensions
These annual expenditures provide service to accommodate system growth. In FY2021, NBU estimates electric meter connections to increase by 2.2 percent. It is estimated that three miles of distribution overhead primary will be added and 22 miles of underground distribution will be added.
$19.1M – Electric Aging Infrastructure and Pole Replacements
This pair of ongoing projects consists of replacing aging infrastructure within the system. Utility poles, overhead wire, pad-mounted equipment, and underground cable are included and bring NBU infrastructure up to current standards upon completion. In particular, newer and technologically superior materials are anticipated to have a greater lifespan and duty cycle. For example, new underground
cable is designed for a minimum 40-year service life. Critical utility poles are designed for a minimum 80-year service life.