News Releases

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  • 12/13/2006
    “The year’s largest and most festive holiday season is upon us. In addition to the cheer, sharing and family togetherness, safety should be considered when decorating the house,” says Scott McCloud, AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) communications consultant in Shreveport, La. “Electrical safety is especially important during the Christmas season due to decorative lights draped through trees and around homes.”
  • 12/6/2006
    AEP operating subsidiaries SWEPCO and PSO are seeking proposals for capacity and associated energy that will allow SWEPCO and PSO to satisfy planning reserve requirements of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for the summer 2007 peaking load and for up to one year after June 1, 2007.  American Electric Power Service Corp. (AEPSC), a unit of AEP, is administering this short-term Request for Proposal (RFP) for SWEPCO and PSO.

  • 11/29/2006
    SWEPCO has announced the appointment of Timothy Gross as plant manager for the new John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant now under development in Southwest Arkansas near Fulton. The plant had formerly been known as the Hempstead County project. Gross currently serves as maintenance superintendent at AEP’s Oklaunion Power Plant in Vernon, Texas, northwest of Wichita Falls.
  • 11/9/2006
    American Electric Power’s operating unit Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has announced the official names of its three proposed generation plants to meet the electricity demands of its customers. 
  • 9/5/2006
    SWEPCO has purchased a power development project and 44-acre tract from Genova Power Company, L.P. of Plano, Texas, for $4.2 million. The project, located one-half mile north of U.S. Hwy. 412 near Tontitown, Ark., is the proposed site of a generating facility announced May 31 by SWEPCO.
  • 8/17/2006
    A new "unofficial" peak customer demand was established Wednesday, August 16, 2006, with a record 4,910 megawatt load on the SWEPCO system.
  • 8/11/2006
    SWEPCO has launched a new feature on the company´s website at www.swepco.com for customers looking to "beat the heat" this summer and lower their home energy costs.
  • 8/10/2006
    SWEPCO announces Hempstead County as the proposed site for a new baseload power plant designed to meet long-term generation demands of its customers. The new coal-fueled plant should be operational by the summer of 2011 at a 2,800-acre location north of Fulton, Ark., about 15 miles northeast of Texarkana. The proposed 600-megawatt plant will create up to 1,400 construction jobs and bring an estimated 110 permanent jobs to the area.
  • 7/21/2006
    Extreme summer temperatures of 100 degees and above across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas this week sent usage by SWEPCO customers to an all-time high level. A new "unofficial" peak customer demand was established Wednesday, July 19, with a record 4,898 megawatt load on the SWEPCO system.
  • 7/19/2006
    Summer thunderstorms can rapidly develop with dangerous cloud to ground lightning strokes. SWEPCO recommends safety tips when encountering lightning in these storms.
  • 6/28/2006
    The market for scrap metal is driving a drastic increase in the theft of metal - especially aluminum and copper. SWEPCO is asking its customers to report to law enforcement officials any suspicious activity near a utility pole, tower or substation.
  • 6/21/2006
    By following recommended energy tips, SWEPCO customers can save energy and money on their summer bills by reducing electric usage in the home.
  • 5/31/2006
    American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) today announced plans for short-term, mid-term and long-term generation to meet the electricity demands of the company’s customers. 
  • 5/5/2006
    SWEPCO recommends using a residential safety checklist as part of your home inspection as May is National Electrical Safety Month.
  • 5/2/2006
    AEP Texas North Company, Mutual Energy SWEPCO dba Mutual Energy SPP (ME SPP), and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), all units of American Electric Power, have filed for approval by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to transfer approximately 7,000 retail electric customers in the Texas Panhandle from AEP Texas to SWEPCO.  Currently, AEP Texas delivers electricity to the area and ME SPP provides retail customer service.
  • 3/6/2006
    SWEPCO reminds its customers that metallic coatings on mylar helium balloons and on kites can cause damage to SWEPCO´s electrical system and cause power outages.
  • 3/6/2006
    SWEPCO is bringing its electrical safety education efforts into the classroom through an innovative, interactive educational touring theatre show that actively engages local school children in learning.
  • 2/13/2006
    SWEPCO offers valuable bill payment options and services for its customers, which can be initiated by a simple phone call to our Customer Solutions Center at 1-888-216-3523, 24 hours a day.
  • 1/18/2006
    SWEPCO offers winter energy-saving tips for its customers to use at home during the coldest months of the year.
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