By Brian Bond, SWEPCO Vice President, External Affairs
A few weeks ago, a friend who was a customer of the former Valley Electric Cooperative peppered me with questions about Southwestern Electric Power Co. We discussed everything from investments SWEPCO has made in the Valley power grid to our rates. Perhaps, you have the same questions. SWEPCO acquired Valley Electric in 2010. Since then, we’ve invested $91 million in the power grid that delivers energy to former Valley members.
We’ve trimmed trees along 2,100
miles of power lines and replaced old power poles. We’ve built digital maps of
the Valley power grid and installed high-tech monitoring equipment. These and
other improvements help our linemen work safely and restore power faster.
The museum’s 1 million-volt dual Tesla Coils create a musical masterpiece of sight and sound that attracts visitors from across the region. Admission to the show and other museum exhibits is free from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. July 28 as part of SWEPCO’s exhibit sponsorship.
On May 22, SWEPCO co-hosted a luncheon with Black Hills Energy to present five Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors with the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy Century Club Award. Each of these contractors improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes of SWEPCO Arkansas customers in 2018.