Summer Grove Area Improvements

    Powering Up Shreveport – Bossier City

    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is committed to providing the electricity that customers need. To that end, the company is upgrading the aging electric backbone of the region with a $46 million reliability transmission program called “Powering Up Shreveport – Bossier City.” One of the program’s six major electric transmission improvement projects is Summer Grove Area Improvements.

    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is planning to make a variety of improvements in the Summer Grove area of Shreveport. The project is part of a greater initiative to bolster the electric system in the Shreveport - Bossier City area.


    Major components of the project include:

    • About 1.5 miles of new 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line
    • Building a new 138 kV substation - Leaside Way Substation
    • Rerouting approximately 1 mile of 138 kV line around the proposed Leaside Way Substation
    • Upgrading six existing substations in the Summer Grove area and surrounding areas
    • Removing conductor from an existing 69 kV transmission line


    By building this transmission line, the area will be better served for continued reliable electric service and stronger support for economic growth in Shreveport - Bossier City. The company expects to invest an estimated $25 million on this project.

    Project Updates

    Construction on this project has been ongoing since last year. Delays in the project are due to inclement weather. However, crews begin construction on the new 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in July and expect to be complete by the end of the year.

    The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) approved SWEPCO's Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CCN) application on January 31, 2018. Per this approval by the LPSC, SWEPCO plans to move forward with the next steps of the project. Preliminary field activities such as surveying will begin Spring 2018. Right-of-way agents will be contacting affected landowners as those activities get underway.

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    Typical Structure

    Typical distance between structures: 400 feet - 600 feet
    Typical Pole Height: 80 – 110 feet
    Typical Right-of-way: 100 feet

    *Exact structures and height may vary

    * The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.