Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is investing approximately $130 million through 2019 in Powering Up Northeast Texas, an initiative to replace and upgrade aging infrastructure.
The program will improve transmission facilities in Morris, Titus, Cass, Bowie and Marion counties.
Some of the projects in the Powering Up Northeast Texas initiative include: Daingerfield – Hughes Springs – Lone Star Transmission Line Project, Mt. Pleasant – DeKalb – Naples Transmission Line Project and Texarkana Area Improvements. The majority of the work will start later this year and include replacing wooden poles with steel, single-pole structures and sturdier transmission conductor on 69,000 and 138,000-volt transmission lines.
The need for the improvements was identified by the utility to ensure reliable, dependable electric service to local customers. The investment will strengthen the backbone of the regional system and support growth and economic development in northeast Texas.
While improvements to the power grid are critical to the long-term reliability and safety of the electric system, SWEPCO realizes that construction projects may inconvenience landowners and the public, so the company will host three open house events in the coming weeks.
“We at SWEPCO share a commitment to collaboration and communication when working with communities and property owners as we update our system to better serve our customers,” said Venita McCellon-Allen, president and COO of SWEPCO. “As part of this initiative, we will host open house events, invite the local community and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about our work and talk with members of the SWEPCO project team. We highly value the questions and feedback we receive during this process.”
SWEPCO held a come-and-go open house for the Daingerfield – Hughes Springs – Lone Star Transmission Line Project on March 22 at the recently-restored historic Hughes Springs Legacy Event Center.
A second come-and-go open house was held for the Mt. Pleasant and DeKalb areas on March 23 at the Mt. Pleasant Civic Center.
The events offer a work-shop setting so attendees can arrive at any time to learn more about the projects, review maps and talk with project team members.
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