Our Environmental Efforts

Southwestern Electric Power Company is proud of its strong commitment to environmental responsibility. We know that energy and the environment are inextricably linked, so we work just as hard at protecting the environment as we do at providing affordable, reliable energy.

We also invite to you spend some time at the environmental section of our corporate web site. You'll find information about AEP's environmental performance as well as our efforts with renewables and energy efficiency. You'll also learn about some very exciting environmental educational programs, and how we're helping students better understand the issues.

Eagle Watch Nature Trail

SWEPCO’s Flint Creek Power Plant in northwest Arkansas has been home to the Eagle Watch Nature Trail since 1999. The year-round warm water in the coal-fueled power plant’s 500-acre reservoir, SWEPCO Lake, attracts wintering American Bald Eagles. AEP SWEPCO employees, working in community partnerships, developed the 65-acre Eagle Watch project, which includes a wildlife viewing pavilion and a half-mile nature trail. School kids, community groups, bird watchers, hikers and others enjoy the Eagle Watch Nature Trail, which is open to the public throughout the year.

Pirkey Environmental Park

SWEPCO’s Pirkey Power Plant near Hallsville, Texas, is home to the Pirkey Environmental Park. The park is located on a 430-acre peninsula on the 1,150-acre Brandy Branch cooling reservoir. The park features a covered pavilion, picnic tables, a pier, more than five miles of walking trails and a 10-acre camping area. The park offers rustic, outdoor opportunities for scouting groups to camp and earn merit badges. School children, community groups, bird watchers and others enjoy the park. Groups wishing to visit the park must obtain permission in advance.

AEP Foundation supports Illinois River Watershed Partnership

In November 2010, the American Electric Power Foundation announced a $200,000 grant to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) to fund a public education and outreach campaign about watershed management. The Foundation is funded AEP and its utility operating units, including SWEPCO. Flint Creek Power Plant, co-owned by SWEPCO and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and operated by SWEPCO, is located on Little Flint Creek, a tributary of Flint Creek and the Illinois River. SWEPCO Lake, the 500-acre cooling reservoir for the power plant, is part of the watershed. “The mission of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership is a natural fit with SWEPCO’s commitment to environmental stewardship in all of our operations,” said Venita McCellon-Allen, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer.

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Our parent company American Electric Power is working hard to address environmental issues such as climate change and is taking steps to meet these challenges. Read our Corporate Sustainability Report for a description of AEP's economic, environmental and social policies and performance.

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