SWEPCO Invests $1.5 Million to Upgrade Electrical Infrastructure in Haughton

SHREVEPORT, La., August 28, 2018 – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) plans to invest approximately $1.5 million to rebuild the underground power grid in the Dogwood Park community in Haughton.

“This is one of many infrastructure projects currently underway at SWEPCO,” said Michael Corbin, SWEPCO external affairs manager. “This investment will improve reliability for residents in Dogwood Park and will allow crews to more quickly and safely work on this grid.”

Construction began Aug. 20 will be completed by the end of the year. The work will be completed in 10 phases to minimize disruption to residents, with each phase taking a few weeks to complete. SWEPCO’s contractor is Louisiana Electric.

In addition to improvements in Dogwood Park, SWEPCO is strengthening the local power grid and providing support for future growth and economic growth in Shreveport-Bossier area through infrastructure projects including:

  • Investing $46 million to rebuild aging transmission facilities and to construct new facilities.
  • Replacing 5,500 electrical poles by the end of the year.
  • Installing smart switches and other automation technologies to isolates outages and improve reliability.

Find more information at SWEPCO.com/DogwoodPark

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)
SWEPCO, an American Electric Power company (AEP: NYSE), serves 532,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com.

About American Electric Power (AEP)
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Sara Hebert
Corporate Communications
318-673-3532, sbhebert@aep.com