Volvo electrification initiative: A history of electric vehicles

How does the Volvo Electrification initiative benefit Volvo EV owners and the public at large?

Volvo Cars believes that the future is electric. And the brand has pledged that from 2019 onward, every new Volvo vehicle will have an electric motor to help create cleaner mobility, with the ultimate goal of 50% of their sales comprised of all-electric vehicles by the year 2025. The remainder of their fleet will be hybrid vehicles with an electric motor and a gasoline-powered engine.

What is the Volvo electrification initiative?

This commitment will lead to one million electrified Volvo vehicles on the road by 2025. This mission will continue into 2030 where their fleet of new SUVs, sedans, and wagons will be 100% fully electric. That is the Volvo Electrification initiative.

By making such a massive commitment to electric vehicle production, Volvo Cars is creating demand for an increased public EV charging infrastructure, improved electric vehicle range capabilities, and faster charging times.

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Farmers’ Market Pickled Cucumbers

This yummy recipe supports local farmers while keeping your kitchen nice and cool, says Shelly Marie Redmond. Cucumbers are a great find at the Farmers’ Market and work in many salad variations offering a cool, crisp crunch perfect for hot summer days.

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SWEPCO brings live theater to Ark-La-Tex schools with important safety message

The Safety Circus teaches students about electricity in a fun, interactive performance sponsored by SWEPCO. Photo courtesy of National Theatre for Children.

SHREVEPORT, La., Feb 25, 2020 – Thousands of elementary school students across Louisiana and Texas will participate in an interactive theater show highlighting electrical safety in March.

The National Theatre for Children will present The Safety Circus to more than 5,800 students at 20 elementary schools throughout Northwest Louisiana and East Texas March 9-20. Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) sponsors the performances that teach students where electricity is made, its uses, how to identify dangerous electrical situations and stay safe around electricity.

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What’s SWEPCO doing in East Texas?

SWEPCO is busy in East Texas. 

Crews are storm hardening the power grid to better withstand harsh weather.  They’re also trimming more trees away from power lines after more than 70 inches of rainfall between last September and June spurred vegetation growth. 

Watch as Distribution System Inspector Sr. Philip Johnson details these and other ongoing projects in East Texas. 

Is SWEPCO A Great Place To Work? BIZ Magazine Finds Out.

In its August issue, BIZ Magazine selected 10 companies in Shreveport-Bossier that the editorial team felt were the best places to work. SWEPCO was among those selected for going above and beyond for their employees, alongside several of our customers including Citizens National Bank, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier, HoneyBaked Ham, Kalmbach Smith Meadows, Louisiana Association for the Blind, Origin Bank, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and Vintage Realty Company.

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Charging Up For Back-To-School: Device Safety

It’s the time of year where backpacks are overflowing with new pencils, books and essential smartphones, tablets and other devices that go hand-in-hand with learning. Back-to-school time means we’re charging and using our devices even more to keep up with homework and hectic days.

Here’s a few tips to stay safe while using your devices.

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Why is my bill so high this summer?

During these long summer days, who doesn’t find themselves wanting to turn the thermostat down just one more degree? June kicked off the summer with above-average temperatures for Louisiana and 17 other states, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. We all know what that means: we’re spending more money keeping our homes cool and comfortable this summer.

With above-average temperatures, homes are requiring two to three times as much energy for cooling than during the same period last year. For people who are keeping their same routine, and even those who are increasing the temperature on their thermostats, air conditioning systems are running longer – and therefore using more energy – to maintain cooler temperatures inside homes. In mild seasons, your cooling unit may have to run only six hours a day; however, when temperatures are high, it may be running as much eight to 12 hours.

To combat the severe heat we’ve all experienced lately, there are a few low- or no-cost actions you can take to reduce your electric bill:

  • Avoid heavy housework between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., when temperatures are the highest. Save cleaning dishes, using the oven and washing laundry for cooler parts of the day. These appliances create heat and moisture that put an extra strain on your air conditioner.
  • Clean or change the air filters in your A/C unit. Dirty filters cause the equipment to work harder, using up to five percent more energy than a clean filter. A good rule of thumb is to check your filter each time you pay your electricity bill.
  • Keep direct sunlight out of your home as much as possible. Close curtains, shades and blinds to hold down the temperature inside the home.
  • Use fans to circulate the air when you’re in the room. The breeze makes the air feel cooler that it is. Fans are a low-cost way to feel cooler because they only cost $1-2 a month to operate.
  • Upgrade or install insulation to reduce cooling costs by as much as 20 percent.
  • Raise your thermostat’s temperature a degree or two, if you can. Each degree will save you about seven percent on your cooling costs.
  • Inspect, repair or implement weatherstripping around doors and windows to prevent expensive air leaks. Cumulatively, all of the leaks in your house add up to the equivalent of leaving a window open and air conditioning the neighborhood.
  • Switch to LED light bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last 25 times longer, allowing you to spend years without climbing a ladder to change a bulb. They also emit less heat, keeping your home a bit cooler.
  • Eliminate unexpected high bills by signing up for SWEPCO’s Average Monthly Payment (AMP) plan, which is free for those who qualify. You pay an amount each month based on your average monthly electrical usage. That way, you spread the costs of cooling over the whole year, making budgeting easier, especially on a fixed income.

With a look beyond summer and into winter, you will also find that many of these tips will keep your home warm and cozy in the winter because they help stabilize the climate inside your home, regardless of extreme temperatures.

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Ivan Smith Furniture completes lighting retrofit, receives incentive check

Trey Smith, general manager of Ivan Smith Furniture, receives an incentive check for the warehouse lighting retrofit from Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO energy efficiency program coordinator

Ivan Smith Furniture received an incentive check in the amount of $22,546 for the lighting retrofit at its central warehouse located at 5434 Technology Drive in Shreveport, LA.

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Shreveport becomes the first Louisiana community certified as AEROready


Downtown airport

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

AEP Foundation to support traveling work skills exhibit in Arkansas

Bradley Foundation

L to R: Tifany Hamlin, executive director of Be Pro Be Proud; Bradley Hardin, SWEPCO governmental affairs manager, Little Rock; Andrew Parker, director of governmental affairs of Associated Industries of AR/AR State Chamber of Commerce; Randy Zook, president & CEO of Associated Industries of AR/AR State Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “AEP Foundation to support traveling work skills exhibit in Arkansas”

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