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  • 12/10/2008
    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has submitted to the Arkansas Public Service Commission a notice of the company’s plans to file a base rate case in 60 to 90 days.  The amount of the rate request is being determined. SWEPCO has not increased its Arkansas base rates since 1985.
  • 12/5/2008
    The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission today voted to allow construction of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant to continue while an appeal of the plant’s permit is heard.
  • 12/2/2008
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), will immediately file a request to continue construction of the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in light of an appeal of its air permit filed by opponents of the plant.
  • 12/1/2008
    “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.”
  • 11/6/2008
    More than 5,100 fourth-grade students in Northwest Louisiana will receive compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) the week of November 3 and learn about energy efficiency through a bulb giveaway and energy education program provided by the Virginia-based National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project with funding from the American Electric Power Foundation.
  • 11/5/2008
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), received its air permit today for the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The air permit regulates the plant’s main steam generating unit, consisting of one coal boiler, and other emission sources at the plant. The boiler powers a single steam turbine with an output of 600 megawatts. The Turk Power Plant, to be built in Hempstead County, Ark., will utilize low-sulfur coal and state-of-the art emission control technologies, including a design that allows for the retrofit of carbon dioxide controls. The emission control technology being installed will enable the Turk Plant to meet emission limits that are among the most stringent ever permitted for a pulverized coal unit.
  • 11/4/2008
    More than 5,600 fourth-grade students in Arkansas will receive compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) the week of November 3 and learn about energy efficiency through a bulb giveaway and energy education program provided by the Virginia-based National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project with funding from the American Electric Power Foundation.
  • 10/22/2008
    More than 35,000 fourth-grade students in Texas will receive compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) the week of October 20 and learn about energy efficiency through a bulb giveaway and energy education program provided by the Virginia-based National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project with funding from the American Electric Power Foundation.
  • 10/21/2008
    Trees are part of a community’s greatest assets. But when trees grow into electrical lines, they can be damaged, posing safety hazards and disrupting service. That’s why AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) practices and promotes responsible tree care year-round through its Forestry program. SWEPCO works to manage the growth of trees in neighborhoods, and to protect nearby power lines that provide electric service.
  • 9/30/2008
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) remains committed to the construction of the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant, despite a recommendation by the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on Global Warming for a moratorium on new coal plants.
  • 9/24/2008
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company  (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.
  • 9/22/2008
    The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) has approved a request by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), to construct a 500-megawatt natural gas-fueled unit in  Shreveport. The five-member Commission unanimously approved the request for certification on September 10, 2008.
  • 9/14/2008
    The massive electric power restoration effort in the wake of Hurricane Ike includes over 500 SWEPCO, contract personnel and tree crews and more than 1,150 outside personnel from other parts of the American Electric Power (AEP) system, including south and west Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana and Michigan. Storm restoration from Ike is now the second worst storm in SWEPCO’s 96-year history, with the peak number of customer outages reaching 187,000 early Sunday morning across east Texas, northwest Louisiana and western and northern Arkansas. The worst storm at SWEPCO was the Dec. 13, 2000 ice storm, when 234,000 customers were in the dark. Ike recovery tops the Sept. 2005 recovery from Hurricane Rita by 1,000 customers.
  • 9/12/2008
    SWEPCO is preparing for electric power restoration efforts this weekend in the wake of Hurricane Ike landfall early Saturday morning near Galveston. Hotels are being booked for additional line crew personnel, logistics such as fleet vehicle fuel stops and feeding arrangements are being made, and construction contractors and tree trimming crews are being held for emergency use in the SWEPCO service area. About 50 SWEPCO employees are still working Gustav repairs near Baton Rouge. 
  • 8/29/2008
    SWEPCO is preparing for electric power restoration efforts next week in the wake of Hurricane Gustav landfall sometime Tuesday. Hotels are being booked for additional line crew personnel, logistics such as fleet vehicle fuel stops and feeding arrangements are being made, and construction contractors and tree trimming crews are being held for emergency use in the SWEPCO service area.
  • 8/5/2008
    Extreme summer temperatures of 100 degrees and above and high humidity across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas yesterday 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 Monday, August 4, 2008, with a record 4,951 megawatt (MW) load on the SWEPCO system, breaking the old record of 4,924 MWs set last summer on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, when the temperature was 104 degrees. 
  • 7/23/2008
     SWEPCO and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell hosted a luncheon today honoring first-year recipients of the BREMCO-SWEPCO scholarships.
  • 7/9/2008
    American Electric Power’s Foundation has awarded $88,300 to the Gilmer, Texas Independent School District (GISD) Foundation for a three-year project to establish a sustainable pine and hardwood forest stand on GISD property.
  • 7/3/2008
    The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has approved an application by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), to construct a 600-megawatt coal-fueled power plant in Hempstead County in southwest Arkansas. The three-member commission voted 2-1 to approve SWEPCO’s request at the PUCT’s July 3 open meeting in Austin.
  • 6/11/2008
    Paul Chodak III has been named president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO). Chodak replaces Venita McCellon-Allen, who was promoted to executive vice president – AEP West Utilities by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), SWEPCO’s parent company. 
  • 6/10/2008
    Fifteen Caddo and Bossier Parish teachers, representing 11 elementary, middle and high schools in three communities in Northwest Louisiana, discovered practical strategies for science classrooms and competitions, and toured a lignite mine during the “Experimental Design: An Introductory Course in Scientific Inquiry Workshop” sponsored by AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) June 2-4 in Shreveport. 
  • 6/9/2008
    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has named Paul Franklin vice president for Generating Assets. The announcement reflects SWEPCO’s efforts to better align power generation with its operating company customers and regulators.
  • 6/5/2008
    “Hot and muggy weather is upon us, as temperatures in the 90s and high humidity make you wonder how to stay cool and save energy at the same time,” says Scott McCloud, SWEPCO spokesman.
  • 5/16/2008
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) customers in East and North Texas should consider shopping tax-free this Memorial Day weekend. "This will be a great opportunity to make purchases if you are thinking of replacing a worn-out appliance or just simply want to save money on your electric bill," says Phil Watkins, SWEPCO energy efficiency manager.
  • 5/8/2008
    May is National Electrical Safety Month. AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) offers the following Residential Safety Checklist to assist customers in making their homes and offices more electrically safe this month and throughout the year.
  • 4/23/2008
    American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) today announced the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s (LPSC) approval of a formula rate plan for the company’s 176,000 Louisiana customers. The LPSC unanimously approved the plan in its April 16 regular session. Commission approval follows the announcement of an agreement regarding the plan between SWEPCO and the LPSC staff reached last month.
  • 4/18/2008
    Gentry school students and local 4-H Club members are celebrating Earth Day with classroom programs on Friday and outdoor programs on Saturday sponsored by AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s Flint Creek Power Plant. The AEP SWEPCO plant also will be recognized as a Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Signature of Sustainability on Saturday.
  • 4/18/2008
    SWEPCO’s Welsh Power Plant property near Daingerfield, Texas will be home to AEP’s first tree farm in Texas, as community leaders, forestry officials and company employees gathered for a dedication ceremony at the plant in March 2008. The designated 1,000 acres at Welsh will be part of over 105,000 acres at AEP certified under the American Tree Farm System.
  • 4/18/2008
    About 200 students and faculty from some 30 East Texas high schools recently spent time in the woods next to AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) Welsh Power Plant being totally quiet. 
  • 4/18/2008
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) today issued a request for proposals seeking long-term purchases of 65 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy resources to be operational by the end of 2010.
  • 4/3/2008
    American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) today announced an agreement with the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) staff on a rate plan for the company’s 176,000 Louisiana customers, pending full LPSC approval. The Commission is expected to act on the agreement at its April 16 Open Session.
  • 3/25/2008
    The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) has approved a request by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), to construct a 600-megawatt coal-fueled power plant in Hempstead County in southwest Arkansas. The five-member Commission unanimously approved the request for certification on March 19.
  • 3/19/2008
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company´s (SWEPCO) Welsh Power Plant property near Cason, Texas, will be home to American Electric Power´s (AEP) first tree farm in Texas. The designated 1,000 acres at Welsh will be part of over 105,000 acres at AEP certified under the American Tree Farm System.
  • 2/11/2008
    News release from the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope:  The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope held a press conference today to announce AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company has donated $1 million to the UACCH Foundation to fund scholarships for Technical and Industrial Programs.  "This gift is so important in providing access to necessary training and education that citizens in Hempstead County and surrounding areas need as community supporters of the Turk Power Plant project," said Venita McCellon-Allen, SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer.
  • 1/9/2008
    “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.”
  • 1/8/2008
    American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has begun commercial operation of Units 1 and 2 of the new Harry D. Mattison Power Plant at Tontitown, Ark.
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