Fifty-four line workers from Southwestern Electric Power Company
(SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, today arrived in
Sacramento, California, to assist Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in
addressing power outages associated with the state’s ongoing high winds and
Employees from across SWEPCO’s territory –
including Northwest Arkansas, Southwest Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana, East
Texas and West Texas – will receive their work assignments and locations this
Due to ongoing high wind conditions, PG&E
power lines have been de-energized to prevent them from causing or contributing
to wildfires. Other power lines have been damaged by fire. SWEPCO linemen will
inspect and assess the condition of PG&E facilities to help determine which
are ready to be re-energized and which will require repairs.
“PG&E has a critical need for experienced line personnel to help them get a handle on the best and safest way to help address this emergency while their workers focus on outage recovery,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO Vice President for Distribution.
SWEPCO’s sister companies AEP Ohio, Indiana
Michigan Power and Public Service of Oklahoma also sent employees. The total
AEP employee count is 112.
There is no definitive timeframe for the AEP
personnel to remain in California, but they were told before leaving to prepare
for a stay of a week or more.
Survivor says joyful outlook helped her through difficult journey
The day Cassundra Mayo discovered a lump in her left breast; it did not even cross her mind that it could be cancer.
“I was lying across my bed talking to my sister on the phone and said ‘Oh, there’s a little knot right there. Hmm, better get that checked out,’” said Mayo, who works in meter services at Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) in Shreveport.
SWEPCO recently presented Texarkana Aluminum with a $94,987.74 incentive check for an energy efficient lighting project at its aluminum mill in Texarkana, Texas.
The mill now boasts more LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with the goal eventually to have all LED lighting. LEDs have longer lifespans and lower maintenance costs compared to the mill’s previous and existing metal halide and T5 fluorescent lighting.
After years of regular mammograms, Shreveport mom discovers she has three tumors
Suzanne Western has always been diligent when it comes to mammograms.
After losing a grandmother to breast cancer and seeing her aunt battle the disease, she’s always known the importance of keeping regular appointments for early detection. But it would be her own experience that would show her self-exams are equally as important.
In June 2013, only a month after a mammogram, Western found a knot in her left breast.
She had been getting ready for her first day back to work in fleet services in Shreveport following a summer vacation when she felt it while rubbing lotion on a sunburn.
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.