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  • 12/4/2007
     “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.”
  • 11/29/2007
    The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has recognized AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s Flint Creek Power Plant and the local Bloomfield Community 4-H Club with four wildlife habitat conservation awards.
  • 11/27/2007
    The Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) has granted American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) to construct a 600-megawatt coal-fueled power plant in Hempstead County in southwest Arkansas. In a decision issued the day before Thanksgiving, the commission placed 12 conditions on the certificate for the proposed John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant. SWEPCO also needs final regulatory approvals from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Louisian and Texas regulators.
  • 10/5/2007

    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) will build a new service center in Rogers, Ark., that will meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards for new construction.

    The project is part of a commitment by SWEPCO’s parent company, American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), and The AEP Foundation to invest an estimated $120 million over the next five years to demonstrate green building technologies and support development of public green spaces and environmental education. The commitments are included in AEP’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which was announced Sept. 28 at the 2007 CGI annual meeting in New York.
  • 9/27/2007
    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), working with The Conservation Fund, has assisted in the acquisition of 92 acres of land that has been donated to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to expand the Red River National Wildlife Refuge south of Bossier City.
  • 8/20/2007
    SHREVEPORT, La., August 20, 2007 - Extreme summer temperatures of 100 degrees and above and high humidity across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas last week sent usage of electricity by customers of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) to a new all-time high level. A new “unofficial” peak customer demand was established Wednesday, August 15, 2007, with a record 4,924 megawatt (MW) load on the SWEPCO system. This was the third straight day a new company all-time record load was broken, surpassing the 4,923 MW mark on Tuesday, August 14, and the 4,920 MW mark on Monday, August 13.
  • 8/1/2007
    “Hot summer weather with temperatures in the upper 90s and high humidity make you eager to stay cool but save energy at the same time,” says Scott McCloud, SWEPCO spokesman. SWEPCO customers can save money on their summer bills by following these energy tips to reduce electric usage in the home,” adds McCloud.
  • 7/17/2007
    SHREVEPORT, La., July 17, 2007 - “Summer thunderstorms can rapidly develop with dangerous cloud to ground lightning strokes,” says Scott McCloud, company spokesperson in Shreveport, La. “AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and the National Safety Council recommend important safety measures if encountering lightning during these storms.”
  • 7/16/2007
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) operating subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) are planning to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) Aug. 6 for the purchase of capacity. In order to solicit input from potential bidders and other interested parties prior to the issuance of the RFP, comments are being sought on the draft RFP listed below.
  • 7/12/2007
    American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has begun commercial operation of the new Harry D. Mattison Power Plant at Tontitown, Ark.
  • 7/2/2007
    American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has awarded CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company (CEGT), an indirect subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP), contracts to construct compression and pipeline facilities to serve its Harry D. Mattison Power Plant under construction at Tontitown, Ark.

  • 6/25/2007
    Southwestern Electric Power Company today added a new feature to its Web site that gives customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas information about power outages when they occur.
  • 5/31/2007
    The market for scrap metal is driving a drastic increase in the theft of metal - especially aluminum and copper. AEP (American Electric Power) operating companies in Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky and Texas report a rise in the theft of electrical equipment, and there were seven fatalities last year due to theft and live wire contacts, including a public fatality in December 2006 in Kilgore, Texas from copper theft. SWEPCO has recently investigated copper theft incidents in Longview, Marshall, Gilmer and Mineola, Texas.  AEP reports that some thieves are even cutting into power lines and other equipment that is energized and serving customers.  SWEPCO is asking its customers to report to law enforcement officials any suspicious activity near a utility pole, transmission tower or substation.

  • 5/24/2007
    American Electric Power’s (AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has named Carl Handley as plant manager for the Arsenal Hill Power Plant in Shreveport. Handley had been serving as maintenance superintendent at the company’s Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Arkansas since 2002.
  • 5/4/2007
    American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has awarded The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) of Baton Rouge, La. the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant, a new 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled power plant at Fulton, Ark., in Hempstead County near Texarkana. SWEPCO is seeking the necessary regulatory approvals to build the plant from various Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana authorities.
  • 5/2/2007
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and the National Electrical Safety Foundation offer the following Residential Safety Checklist to assist customers in making their homes and offices more electrically safe this month and throughout the year.
  • 3/7/2007
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (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 losses. An outage last month in Texarkana was caused by a set of Mylar balloons, and this emphasizes the need to make sure these objects are not allowed to interfere in the lines.
  • 2/7/2007
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) provides electricity to over 468,000 customers in 170 towns and communities in its three-state service area of northeast Texas, eastern Panhandle area, western Arkansas and northwest Louisiana.  “In addition to paying in person and by mail, SWEPCO also offers valuable bill payment options and services for its customers, which can be initiated by a simple phone call to our Customer Solutions Center in Shreveport at 1-888-216-3523, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Scott McCloud, SWEPCO spokesman. There is no extra cost to the customer for most services:
  • 1/19/2007
    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 received approval from 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.

  • 1/4/2007
    “AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) offers these tips to help our customers use energy wisely during this coldest month of the year,” says Scott McCloud, SWEPCO communications consultant in Shreveport. “SWEPCO’s service area could experience the impact of snow, sleet, freezing rain and extremely cold temperatures during January and February, making home safety and energy-saving tips a good idea during winter weather.”
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