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”

General Cable Plant in Marshall receives LED Lighting Incentive

General Cable Plant Manager Jeremy Couey, left, with SWEPCO’s Jeff Thigpen and Jack Andres at plant site in Marshall.

General Cable’s new plant expansion in Marshall, Texas, will feature high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lights both inside and outside the facility. Through SWEPCO’s Texas Commercial Standard Offer Program, General Cable earned just over $80,000 in incentives for this advanced lighting installation.

Using LED lighting in the expanded portion of the plant, General Cable will save approximately 785,000 kWh annually, saving the company approximately $45,000 a year. This amount of annual kWh savings is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 1.3 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, according to EPA.gov.

“General Cable is pleased with our partnership with SWEPCO as we continuously improve our business with this environmentally conscious use of lighting,” said Jeremy Couey, plant manager for General Cable. “This installation allows us to positively impact the environment, reduce our cost and provide better illumination to our world-class manufacturing plant. It’s a win for everyone and we look forward to further partnership opportunities with SWEPCO.”

“SWEPCO is excited to partner with General Cable on this project and demonstrate how LED technology can work in the industrial application,” said Paul Pratt, energy efficiency and consumer programs manager.

The Commercial Standard Offer Program (CSOP) helps SWEPCO business customers save energy and money by providing facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the verified electric energy and demand savings. For detailed program information, visit SWEPCO.com/Save.


SWEPCO planned outage for North Bossier customers Thursday, June 8

Repair work on the Linton Road bridge continues as SWEPCO will need to de-energize power lines for the contractor to perform bridge piling work. The planned outage for area customers will begin at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 8, and last about 4-5 hours. SWEPCO has attempted to reach customers with a scheduled outage phone call as a reminder. Thanks for your patience during this time.


SWEPCO Storm Update: Wednesday, May 31 – 3 p.m.

As of 3 pm today, SWEPCO has restored power to approximately 88,000 customers, or about 85 percent of the 103,000 customers who lost power during Sunday’s storm. Approximately 15,000 customers remain without power.

Sunday night’s storm packed winds of up to 60 miles per hour and downed power lines and trees across SWEPCO’s East Texas and Louisiana service territory. Two EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in the Longview area. Almost 800 men and women, including 501 line and 287 tree personnel, are working to restore power to SWEPCO customers. (This is a corrected total from a previous report.)

After restoring the main circuits from substations, crews are continuing work on the distribution lines along streets, in neighborhoods, alleys and backyards, where we see major damage on poles, wires, cross arms and transformers. Thank for your continued patience as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

The estimated restoration times below tell when we expect to have power restored to 95 percent of customers in an area. Your power may be restored prior to our estimate.

Outages and Estimated Restoration Times (for 95 percent of customers who can take power):

LONGVIEW DISTRICT (9,529, down from peak of 62,000)
Carthage area – 317 – Wednesday at 10 pm
Gladewater area – 190 – Wednesday at 5 pm
Longview area – 8,889 – Friday at 5 pm

VALLEY DISTRICT (5,464, down from peak of 24,000)
Logansport area – 171 – Wednesday at noon
Mansfield area – 2,579 – Thursday at 5 pm
Natchitoches area – 2,711 – Thursday at 5 pm

Sign up for SWEPCO Alerts to get personalized email or text message updates about an outage at your home or business. Enroll at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

Please note: The outage map at SWEPCO.com/OutageMap is not showing all known outages. We apologize for the inconvenience.

DOWNED LINES – Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line. All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. And don’t touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water, since they can conduct electricity. Keep children and pets away from this potential hazard. Call SWEPCO to report any downed lines or equipment.

PORTABLE GENERATOR SAFETY – IF you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

WEATHERHEAD DAMAGE – If the weatherhead or meter base at your home or business has been damaged or pulled away from the structure, you will need to have it repaired by a licensed electrician before SWEPCO can safely reconnect service. Once the repair is made, please contact SWEPCO so your service can be reconnected.

SWEPCO Announces Electric Transmission Investment in Texarkana

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) plans to rebuild approximately 11 miles of existing transmission line in the Texarkana area. Continue reading “SWEPCO Announces Electric Transmission Investment in Texarkana”