Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project announces study segments

 

GE 2_5 MW turbine

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

Pittsburg career fair Sept 17

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.

The Safety Circus arrives at 34 schools in NW Louisiana this month

NTC actors in show fall 2017

National Theatre actors perform The Safety Circus at a Shreveport elementary school. Continue reading “The Safety Circus arrives at 34 schools in NW Louisiana this month”

Shreveport becomes the first Louisiana community certified as AEROready

 

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A Cessna used for pilot training at the Shreveport Downtown Airport. Continue reading “Shreveport becomes the first Louisiana community certified as AEROready”

SWEPCO invites local residents to Cedar Grove transmission line improvement project Open House Sept. 28 in Shreveport

 

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Doors will open at 5 p.m. and visitors can arrive at any time during the open house to learn project details, look at maps and speak with members of the project team. Continue reading “SWEPCO invites local residents to Cedar Grove transmission line improvement project Open House Sept. 28 in Shreveport”

SWEPCO co-chairs kick off “The Power of One” United Way campaign in Texarkana

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Campaign Co-Chairs Jennifer and Craig Harland address noon crowd at United Way kickoff. Continue reading “SWEPCO co-chairs kick off “The Power of One” United Way campaign in Texarkana”