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Planning for the Future (2022 – 2026)

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 $688 million into 145 future projects over the next five years.

FY 2022 – FY 2026 Capital Improvement Projects Overview
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View our FY 2022 – FY 2026 Capital Improvement Projects Overview for a high-level overview of our current and future projects.

NBU’s featured projects:

Additional Electric Projects

$40.2M – System Extensions, Meter and Transformer Improvements

This investment provides general on-site service and extensions to accommodate system growth. Between FY 2022 and FY 2026 NBU estimates electric meter connections to increase by a total of 30.3 percent. It is estimated that ten miles of distribution overhead primary will be added and 100 miles of underground distribution will be added. Specific system extensions include those within Veramendi, Solms Landing, Mayfair, and many other developments.

$17M – Aging Electric 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.