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  • 12/2/2009
    Electrical safety is especially important during the holiday season due to decorative lights draped through trees and around homes.
  • 11/25/2009
    The Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) has approved a base rate increase for Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP). The increase is SWEPCO’s first Arkansas non-fuel base rate increase in 24 years.
  • 11/19/2009
    American Electric Power utility subsidiary AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has signed a letter of intent to purchase the transmission and distribution assets of Valley Electric Membership Corporation (VEMCO).
  • 11/5/2009
    SWEPCO works to manage the growth of trees in neighborhoods, and to protect nearby power lines that provide electric service.
  • 10/22/2009
    The Arkansas Supreme Court has decided to review a case concerning the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant now under construction by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP). The Supreme Court granted separate requests by SWEPCO and the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) after a June 24, 2009, ruling by the Arkansas Court of Appeals overturned the APSC’s decision to grant a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) for construction of the Turk Plant.
  • 9/10/2009
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) wants East Texas residents to know about the weather.  The company has been a sponsor of Weatherline® forecast service since its Longview debut in January 1995.  During the last 14 years, this free local service, found at 234-1000, has logged over 11 million calls.
  • 8/28/2009
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), today submitted to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) a request to increase the company’s Texas rates by $75 million, or about 20 percent. If approved, this increase would be SWEPCO’s first base rate increase in Texas in more than 25 years.
  • 8/12/2009
    Frank Crockett has been named Manager, Economic Development for SWEPCO, and will be responsible for economic development activities across SWEPCO’ s three-state service area of Northwest Louisiana, western Arkansas and east and north Texas
  • 7/23/2009
    “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.”
  • 7/16/2009
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is asking its customers to please avoid using unnecessary lighting or electric appliances – and to limit use of air conditioning – until further notice today. SWEPCO’s load increased some 50 megawatts (MWs) from Tuesday to Wednesday due to the extreme temperatures, high load demand and no cloud cover over the area.
  • 7/15/2009
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is asking its customers to once again avoid using unnecessary lighting or electric appliances – and to limit use of air conditioning – until further notice today. SWEPCO customers were successful in reducing the overall load by 100 MWs by early Tuesday afternoon when compared to Monday’s extreme heat and load.
  • 7/14/2009
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is asking its customers to avoid using unnecessary lighting or electric appliances – and to limit use of air conditioning – until further notice today and possibly tomorrow, July 15.
  • 6/29/2009
    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to review a case concerning the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant because of what SWEPCO considers to be errors in an appeals court ruling. In a June 24 decision, the Arkansas Court of Appeals overturned the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s (APSC) decision to grant a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) for construction of the Turk Plant. For the near term, SWEPCO is continuing construction of the $1.6 billion plant in Hempstead County, Ark. “By law, the CECPN issued by the APSC remains in effect during the appeal process,” said Paul Chodak, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer.
  • 6/15/2009
    “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.   

  • 6/1/2009
    American Electric Power today issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking long-term purchases of up to 1,100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy resources. The generation must be interconnected to PJM Interconnection (PJM) or Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and be operational no later than Dec. 31, 2011. (SWEPCO is a member of the SPP regional transmission organization.)
  • 5/27/2009
    Drew Seidel, energy production superintendent at SWEPCO’s Welsh Power Plant near Pittsburg, Texas, has been named plant manager at the company’s Pirkey Power Plant near Hallsville. Seidel succeeds Arne Melson, who will retire this July. Stan Minter has accepted the energy production superintendent position at Welsh.
  • 5/14/2009
    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.
  • 5/4/2009
    May is National Electrical Safety Month. AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) offers a Residential Safety Checklist to assist customers in making their homes and offices more electrically safe this month and throughout the year.
  • 4/30/2009
    AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and its subsidiary Dolet Hills Lignite Co. (DHLC), announced today that they have entered into an agreement with The North American Coal Corporation and its affiliates, Red River Mining Company (RRMC) and Oxbow Property Company L.L.C. (OPC), to acquire 50 percent of the Oxbow Mine lignite reserves and all associated mining equipment and assets.  As part of the transaction, Cleco Power LLC, a subsidiary of Cleco Corp., is acquiring the remaining 50 percent of Oxbow Mine lignite reserves, located near Coushatta, La. SWEPCO is a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).  RRMC is a joint venture between North American Coal  and OPC.
  • 3/31/2009
    Customers of AEP SWEPCO, an operating unit of AEP, who enroll in AEP’s paperless billing program over the next two months will save time and money while helping the environment.
  • 3/18/2009
    Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has reported to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers potential impacts to wetlands under the jurisdiction of the Corps’ Vicksburg District at the construction site of the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in Hempstead County, Ark.
  • 3/16/2009
    Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to approve a decrease in fuel factors used to calculate the fuel portion of Arkansas customers’ electric bills. If approved as filed, the new fuel factors will result in a decrease of approximately $13.30 per month, or approximately 15 percent when averaged over a year, for Arkansas residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a month.  The decrease would go into effect March 30 and run through March 2010.
  • 3/10/2009
    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, emphasizing the need to make sure these objects are not allowed to interfere in the lines. 
  • 2/19/2009
    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), today submitted to the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) a request to increase the company’s Arkansas non-fuel base rates by $53.9 million. If approved, the increase in base rates would be SWEPCO’s first in Arkansas in more than 23 years.
  • 1/27/2009
    The severe winter 2000 ice storms on December 13 and December 25 impacted about 80 percent of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO’s) service area, when 329,300 SWEPCO customers lost power at some point during the 23-day recovery process. Over 90 percent of these affected customers had electricity restored in six days. The two storms were among the worst in SWEPCO’s 96-year history, and total recovery cost was $35.4 million dollars. Over 4,900 SWEPCO and contract personnel were dedicated to storm recovery work.
  • 1/13/2009
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for renewable wind energy with Majestic Wind Power LLC, a subsidiary of Babcock & Brown Renewable Holdings Inc. Through the 20-year agreement, SWEPCO will purchase all of the output, including renewable energy credits, of the 79.5-megawatt Majestic Wind Farm located northeast of Amarillo in Carson County, Texas.
  • 1/5/2009
    The AEP  Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) 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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