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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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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$10,000 in funding for wetland study presented to Little River County Intermodal Authority

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Pictured left to right: Ashdown, Ark. Mayor James Sutton; County Judge Mike Cranford; Secretary of the Intermodal Authority Board Tyler Davis; SWEPCO External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland; Economic Development Director Vicki Williamson; President of the Intermodal Authority Board Darrell Coker; Chancellor UA Cossatot,  Steve Cole, Ph.D., and SWEPCO Economic & Business Development Manager Eric Basinger

SWEPCO presented Little River County Intermodal Authority with funding to complete a wetland study before they begin construction on a facility. Continue reading “$10,000 in funding for wetland study presented to Little River County Intermodal Authority”

1,000+ SW Arkansas students attend inaugural Explore Success

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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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