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?
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.
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.