Powering Up Shreveport-Bossier City

Powering Up Shreveport pole structure example
The majority of these projects include replacing old, wooden poles with steel, single-pole structures as seen in this photo.

Transmission facilities are the backbone of the electric grid. They carry electricity from power plants to the local distribution lines that serve your neighborhood. Strengthening these facilities will make the electric system more reliable, both in day-to-day operations and in the face of severe weather.

That’s why SWEPCO is investing more than $46 million to upgrade the transmission system serving the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

We will be upgrading about 14 miles of transmission lines and making improvements at 15 substations as part of a program called Powering Up Shreveport-Bossier City.

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Brian Bond, Vice President – External Affairs

As part of this program, we are committed to sharing information and engaging  the public about our work, as well as addressing concerns and offering responsible solutions. During a recent open house for the Stoner Hill Area Improvement Programs, neighborhood residents and school and community leaders had an opportunity to speak with planners, engineers and other project team members. They learned more details about the project, such as the look of the new structures, and provided feedback to our team.

Mrs. Bessie Smith, president of the Stoner Hill Neighborhood Association, emphasized the importance of engagement and communication with customers.  “If you’re coming into the Stoner Hill area, we would like for you to give us input and collaboration,” Mrs. Smith told a reporter after the event.

We hear you, Mrs. Smith.  And we welcome the opportunity to listen and to respond to you and others who want input and collaboration when we are working in or near their homes. Our next open house is scheduled for July 20. We’ll be speaking with residents and business owners about the Brownlee Road-North Market project.

Depending on where you live, you may see some of our crews at work.

Initial projects under way include the Ellerbe Road–South Shreveport Transmission Project, the Stoner Hill Area Improvements Project and the Brownlee Road–North Market Transmission Line Project.

While programs such as Powering Up Shreveport-Bossier City are critical to the long-term reliability and safety of the area’s electric service, we understand they can, at times, be inconvenient. SWEPCO strives to be a good neighbor to all the communities we serve, and we are working hard to minimize the impact on residents and businesses.

As a 34-year-employee of SWEPCO and lifelong resident of Shreveport, I want you to know we are more than just your power company. We are your neighbors, your friends and proud members of the communities. We are always learning how to do our work better. We depend on the community for valuable feedback to improve our business and serve you and your family. It’s how we’ll achieve the reliable, affordable electric service our community needs to ensure its growth and strong economic future.

Please visit our website http://www.SWEPCO.com/PoweringUp for more information on the Powering Up Shreveport-Bossier City program.  We welcome your feedback.

Brian Bond
Vice President – External Affairs

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