American Electric Power, which manages the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, will invest $100 million to develop a new transmission control center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The company will develop the 77,000 square foot facility on 30 acres at Resilient Technology Park. The STCC will control the operations of AEP’s transmission system in the Southwest Power Pool regional power grid and work in collaboration with the AEP Transmission Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, to control the operations of AEP’s transmission system in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas power grid. Construction of the site will begin in the first quarter of 2022, with the start of operations projected for mid-year 2023.
“Assessing, monitoring and controlling the transmission grid and dispatching power plants is critical to keeping the power flowing to our customers,” President and CEO Nicholas Akins said. “It requires access to high-speed data networks and reliable power. We are excited to be the first facility to break ground in Resilient Technology Park and to be able to showcase the investments that have brought fiber optic data lines and other critical infrastructure to the area.”
To secure the project in Shreveport, the state offered AEP a competitive incentive package that includes a $1 million performance based award for infrastructure costs. Additionally, the company is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs program.
“Louisiana residents know the importance of a stable, reliable utility system, and the investments that American Electric Power is making in our state will increase the energy resilience of the entire Gulf Coast,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “I am confident that AEP will find a highly-skilled workforce in Shreveport. This new project will bring high-paying jobs and new economic activity for the northwest region of Louisiana, as well as increased confidence in our vital utilities.”
The STCC will feature a new substation, additional electric grid infrastructure, and state-of-the-art equipment. The facility will also support the real time operational technology hardware and software required to assess, monitor and support the entirety of AEP’s national transmission grid.
“AEP’s expanded investment in North Louisiana is a huge benefit for economic development in the region,” North Louisiana Economic Partnership President Justyn Dixon said. “They are adding quality, high-paying jobs to North Louisiana by standing up the Shreveport Transmission Control Center. This project also brings competitive economic development opportunities by adding critical infrastructure to the new Resilient Technology Park. These improvements will assist us in attracting future jobs and capital investments for our region and is a victory for all. These exciting opportunities would not be possible without the dedication of our partners including the City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Commission, and Louisiana Economic Development (LED).”
Resilient Technology Park, located near I-20 and Greenwood Road, is one of more than 100 available sites certified by LED for industrial projects. The STCC will be located in the northwest quadrant of the 313-acre park.