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Clean Energy Plan

IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT, SAVING CUSTOMERS MONEY

We believe in the promise of clean energy.

Over the next 20 years, SWEPCO’s diverse energy resource mix will include significantly more wind and solar. This transition puts us further along the path to achieve AEP’s goal of net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

North Central Wind

Three new wind farms in north-central Oklahoma are tapping into some of the country’s best wind resources and delivering renewable energy to SWEPCO’s Louisiana and Arkansas customers.

Together, the wind farms are known as the North Central Energy Facilities (NCEF). They will provide 1,484 megawatts (MW) of clean energy – enough to power 440,000 homes.

Wind Facility Capacity Commercial Operation Date
Traverse 998 MW March 2022
Maverick 287 MW September 2021
Sundance 199 MW April 2021

SWEPCO owns 54.5%, or 809 MW, of the NCEF project, with an investment of $1.01 billion. Our sister company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, owns 675 MW. Regulators in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma approved the proposed project in 2020.

Savings and Sustainability

In addition to the environmental benefits of wind energy, Arkansas and Louisiana customers will save an estimated $2 billion over the 30-year expected life of the facilities.

The wind farms will help our Louisiana and Arkansas customers meet their own renewable energy and sustainability goals. (Learn more about the optional purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.) The additional renewable energy will make communities more competitive for economic development.

Reducing coal capacity

Over the next eight years, we will reduce our coal generating capacity by almost 1,900 megawatts. SWEPCO retired more than 200 megawatts of older natural gas units in 2019 and 2020.

We have worked to balance the remaining life and economic viability of our coal-fueled generating units with other options for generating power, including renewable energy and natural gas.

Rocking R Solar Facility

SWEPCO plans in 2024 to add 72.5 megawatts (MW) of solar energy to its diverse resource mix with the Rocking R Solar Facility. Located approximately 20 miles north of Shreveport, La., the facility will produce enough solar energy to power about 12,000 homes for a year.

The proposal supports SWEPCO’s long-term plan of increasing its use of more environmentally-friendly energy sources, such as solar and wind.

SWEPCO is seeking approval of the Rocking R Solar Facility from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC), the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Regulatory filings in Texas will be made at a later date.

Looking ahead to more wind and solar

We are committed to bringing more clean energy to the customers and communities we serve. Cleaner, more affordable energy to power our lives. A more robust economy. A powerful, boundless future.

SWEPCO has issued Requests for Proposals for 3,000 megawatts of wind energy and 300 megawatts of solar energy. Learn more.

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