News Releases

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  • 12/22/2011
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its operating unit Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) announced today that the company has settled all legal actions brought against it by the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society and Audubon Arkansas related to the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant near Texarkana, Ark.
  • 11/30/2011
    Electrical safety is important during the Christmas season due to decorative lights draped through trees and around the home.
  • 9/27/2011
    Extreme summer temperatures of well over 100 degrees and high humidity across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas sent usage of electricity by customers of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) to a new all-time high level. A new peak customer demand was established Wednesday, August 3, 2011, with a record 5,543 megawatt (MW) load on the SWEPCO system. Additional high demands were set on August 2 with 5,457 MWs, and August 1 with 5,370 MWs. The old record of 4,994 MWs was set on August 11, 2010. The 2009 record was a 4,750 MW demand on July 13. SWEPCO topped the 5,000 MW demand mark 15 times this past summer.
  • 8/31/2011
    Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), today submitted to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) a three-step rate plan to recover costs associated with the company's John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant, located in Southwest Arkansas. The Turk plant is now more than 70 percent complete.
  • 8/4/2011
    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 today.
  • 7/25/2011
    SHREVEPORT, La., July 25, 2011 - Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has signed a confidential settlement of lawsuits and other actions that challenged the construction of its John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Hempstead County, Ark. Under terms of the settlement, the litigants are withdrawing all of their challenges to the plant, including the air permit and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the plant, and SWEPCO is making commitments regarding its future operations and environmental activities in the area.
  • 6/22/2011
    SWEPCO customers can save money on their summer bills by following these energy tips to reduce electric usage in the home.
  • 6/21/2011
    The market for scrap metal continues to drive an increase in the theft of copper and aluminum. SWEPCO has recently investigated copper theft incidents in Texarkana, Longview, Marshall, Henderson and Shreveport.
  • 6/9/2011
    Company advocates for more time and flexibility to reduce the negative impact of the proposed EPA rules on customers, jobs and the economy
  • 5/18/2011
    SWEPCO customers should consider shopping tax-free this Memorial Day weekend for energy efficient appliances.
  • 5/10/2011
    SWEPCO offers a residential safety checklist to assist customers in making their homes and offices safe this month and throughout the year.
  • 4/19/2011
    “Friday, April 22, 2011, marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Activities during this time each year remind us of the need for protecting our earth and practicing environmental consciousness in all aspects of life. “AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) commitment to environmental quality is a strong and ongoing one,” says Brian Bond, SWEPCO Vice President, External Affairs.
  • 4/11/2011
      AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term renewable energy to help fulfill energy-supply requirements for its customers.
  • 3/30/2011
    Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), and the City of Hope, Ark., acting through the Hope Water & Light Commission, have signed a short-term agreement to provide start-up water during construction of the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Hempstead County, Ark.
  • 3/17/2011
    Metallic coatings on mylar helium balloons and on kites can cause damage to SWEPCO’s electrical system and cause power losses.
  • 2/7/2011
    Extreme cold weather last week brought a new all-time winter peak load for AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO®) on Wednesday, February 2, as its customers used 4,621,000 kilowatts of electricity at 8:00 a.m.
  • 1/7/2011
    As winter weather approaches the Ark-La-Tex this weekend, SWEPCO encourages customers to be prepared should power outages occur.
  • 1/5/2011
    Following simple energy-savings tips and creating a home emergency kit are good ideas during winter weather.
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