Van Zandt CountyTransmission Improvements Project

Southwestern Electric Power (SWEPCO) plans to build a 138-kilovolt transmission line northeastern Van Zandt County. The project strengthens the local electric system and ensures safe, reliable service in the Grand Saline Area.

The transmission line route begins at a point of connection along an existing SWEPCO line near the Morton Salt Mine and ends about 3 miles east, where it intersects an existing Wood County Electric Cooperative transmission line.

The SWEPCO project was made necessary following the removal of infrastructure owned by the Rayburn County Electric Cooperative.

Project Updates

SWEPCO hosted a public open house in November 2019 to answer questions about the project and to introduce possible routing options for the power line. Visitors offered feedback, viewed maps and discussed the project with project team members.

Following review of the public input and additional route link analysis, AEP Texas filed a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). The PUC requires the filing of a CCN application to ask for approval of the project and to determine a final route for the Van Zandt County Transmission Improvements Project. The PUC approved the CCN in May 2021.

View PUC Docket No. 50669 here.


Project Timeline



Typical Distance Between Structures: 600 feet
Typical Structure Height: 80 feet
Typical Right-of-Way Width: 100 feet

*Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary


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