SWEPCO grants aid Texarkana teachers in the classroom

Texarkana, Texas July 11, 2019 – AEP Teacher Vision Grants from Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) will enable several Southwest Arkansas teachers to improve student learning in the classroom.

Four Texarkana teachers and one Queen City teacher each received a grant ranging from $219 to $500 for a classroom project.

“We are grateful for the generosity of AEP SWEPCO for giving us resources to expand our students’ understanding of the natural world around them,” said Nathan Upchurch, a science teacher at Texas High School in Texarkana who will use his $500 grant to purchase a Meade Coronado Personal Solar Telescope. “Students will use the solar telescope to see in real time a very active star with prominences, flares and ejections.”

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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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The St. Jude Dream Home is seeing green in more ways than one

As in previous years, SWEPCO is a proud sponsor of the 2019 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway that raises funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to treat young patients with catastrophic diseases. St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for their child’s care, has provided its services to our SWEPCO employees, families and friends.

Construction taking place at the 2019 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home in Benton, Louisiana, where onlookers can see the green, energy-efficient ZIP System™.

This year, SWEPCO’s Energy Efficiency Team wants to take the partnership one step further by looking at how the home can be constructed for maximum energy efficiency, starting with what’s in the walls. The home, which is under construction in the Kingston Plantation neighborhood in Benton, Louisiana, boasts bright green, ZIP System™ Roof and Wall Sheathing. It’s a one-of-a-kind system made up of plywood and tape that together, create an energy efficient barrier for improved comfort and savings. Plus, it eliminates the need for traditional house wrap.

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Historic Lev Old Cemetery preserved for generations to come


Deep within Welsh Power Plant’s property, you’ll find an historic, well-kept cemetery. It’s a resting ground for those who came before us – those who lived as far back as 1855.

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1,000+ SW Arkansas students attend inaugural Explore Success

Doug Cole, energy production supervisor, explains to students how electricity is made at SWEPCO’s Turk Power Plant 

In partnership with Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative (SWAEC), the Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance (SADA) hosted Explore Success, a youth manufacturing conference for area 8th and 11th graders.

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Gillham Volunteer Fire Department receives decommissioned SWEPCO bucket truck

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DSS Jimmy Bristow, CSAR Principle Paul Knowles, Gillham Fire Dept. Chief Marc Rosson, Gillham City Council Member Jayne Cole, Gillham Assistant Fire Chief & City Council Member Karen Russell and External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland

When Gillham Volunteer Fire Department Chief Marc Rosson had a need, he went to SWEPCO.com to find an answer.

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