SWEPCO seeking more clean energy

SWEPCO’s long-term plan calls for more than one-third of the energy required by customers to be generated from wind and solar sources over the next 20 years

SWEPCO is planning to put more wind energy to work for customers.

In a proposal recently filed with utility regulators, SWEPCO is asking for approval to add 810 megawatts (MW) of wind energy by 2022. This proposal supports SWEPCO’s long-term plan of significantly increasing its use of more environmentally friendly energy sources such as wind and solar.

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SWEPCO Sunday Funday highlights invention of electricity champion

Discovery Place Interactive Museum in Texarkana hosted a free day of play on July 28 compliments of SWEPCO.

The SWEPCO Sunday Funday allowed visitors to experience museum exhibits free of charge, including its 1 million-volt dual Tesla Coils. This caged lighting display moves to the rhythm of some favorite musical tunes such as “The Lone Ranger.” 

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New electric buses lower operating costs by 75 percent in Shreveport, Louisiana

By Dinero Washington, CEO Shreveport Area Transit System (SporTran)

On Nov. 11, 2017, five battery-electric buses almost silently hit the streets of Shreveport, La., the third-largest city in the state, joining a fleet of nearly 50 older diesel-powered buses and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses serving a population of 200,000. As CEO of the city’s public transit system, it was a big day for me and my team. Our mission was to seek innovative, fuel- and cost-efficient solutions for public transportation. Would an investment in electric buses make a difference?

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SWEPCO teacher vision grants aid educators in the classroom

AEP Teacher Vision Grants from Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) will enable several teachers across SWEPCO’s service territory to enhance student learning in the classroom.

Sixteen area teachers each received a grant ranging between $219 and $500 for a classroom project.

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Since SWEPCO bought Valley: Rates down, service up, jobs saved


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.

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Experience magic of science for FREE at SWEPCO’s Sunday Funday on July 28

Experience the magic of musical Tesla Coils at Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s Sunday Funday on July 28 at Discovery Place Interactive Museum in Texarkana.

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.

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