Ivan Smith Furniture completes lighting retrofit, receives incentive check

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Trey Smith, general manager of Ivan Smith Furniture, receives an incentive check for the warehouse lighting retrofit from Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO energy efficiency program coordinator

Ivan Smith Furniture received an incentive check in the amount of $22,546 for the lighting retrofit at its central warehouse located at 5434 Technology Drive in Shreveport, LA.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards dedicates SWEPCO’s new lignite mining facility

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, center, with SWEPCO President and COO Venita McCellon-Allen and local public officials, cut the ribbon to open SWEPCO’s Oxbow Mine facility. Continue reading “Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards dedicates SWEPCO’s new lignite mining facility”

“Not all heroes wear capes” (AEP Texas thank you editorial for Hurricane Harvey assistance)

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SWEPCO crews from Arkansas ready for another day of hurricane restoration work near Victoria, Texas in early September. Continue reading ““Not all heroes wear capes” (AEP Texas thank you editorial for Hurricane Harvey assistance)”

Slideshow: SWEPCO employees show support for breast cancer awareness

Whether in pink hardhats or baseball caps, employees are showing support for the men and women in our lives – our coworkers, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sisters, and brothers – who have been affected by breast cancer.

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Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project announces study segments

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Wind Catcher Energy Connection project enters its next phase of development with public input into the power line siting process in October. The project team will hold eleven open houses across northern and central Oklahoma between October 16 and 25 to obtain landowner and community input on preliminary study segments to help determine a final power line route.

Announced in July, Wind Catcher is a $4.5 billion project that will bring 2,000 megawatts (MW) of new energy to customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

The open house events are set up in a workshop format. There, attendees will be able to talk with project team members including project management, engineering, siting, outreach, and right-of-way representatives.

The Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project includes construction of a wind farm in northwestern Oklahoma, an approximately 350-mile power line and two new substations. The generation facilities will bring approximately $300 million to local communities through property taxes over the life of the project and provide a cost savings of more than $7 billion for PSO and SWEPCO customers.

Development of the line route began in summer 2017. The overall project is expected to deliver wind energy to customers by the end of 2020.

SWEPCO employees work career fair in Pittsburg

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SWEPCO employees answer questions from students at Pittsburg, Texas High School career fair. Continue reading “SWEPCO employees work career fair in Pittsburg”

SWEPCO takes part in Safety Day in Longview

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The East Texas Damage Prevention Councils of East Texas hosted a free Safety Day at the Longview Exhibit Building Sept. 28. Attendees had a rare opportunity to see and hear what happens when a backhoe ruptures a gas pipeline. The release of a hazardous liquids pipeline also was demonstrated, along with arriving emergency responders to the scene. SWEPCO showed live arcs of current when conductors touch power lines in a simulator. A fire extinguisher training program was given.

Jason Howeth, Ron Tevebaugh and Sue Haynes represented SWEPCO at the event.