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    LCF Member Spotlight: SWEPCO

    The Southwestern Electric Power Corporation (SWEPCO) is a subsidiary of American Electric Power. SWEPCO is an electric utility that services customers in northwestern and central Louisiana, western Arkansas, East Texas and the Panhandle area of North Texas.

    Originally formed in 1912 as the Southwestern Gas and Electric Company, SWEPCO originally offered gas, ice, water, and streetcars as part of their operations. Today, SWEPCO serves over 500,000 customers across three states.

    In addition to providing electric power and resources for their consumers, SWEPCO also has several Community Initiatives to make connections with communities and people throughout their territories. SWEPCO says on their website, “In 1934 one of our company leaders wrote, ‘We are a citizen of each community we serve and take an active part in its affairs. Like any other citizen, we want our neighbors to think well of us.’"

    As part of their Community Initiative, SWEPCO partners with nonprofits “whose focus is improving the quality of life,” and the company also offers workshops, initiatives, and educational resources to teachers and students. In addition, SWEPCO offers payment assistance programs like the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund wherein customers can donate funds to help pay the electric bills of low-income customers.

    In addition to its community outreach, SWEPCO also has several important initiatives and activities going on in Louisiana and its other territories in 2019:

    • In January of this year, SWEPCO’s commercial energy efficiency program enabled the Strand Theater in Shreveport, LA to switch to LED light bulbs through a $13,000 incentive. Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO energy efficiency and consumer program coordinator, said of the project, “This project is meaningful to SWEPCO not only because it helps a valuable customer lower their bill; but, also because we are helping a historical building upgrade to a modern, energy efficient technology.”
    • Also in January of 2019, SWEPCO received national recognition for their Arkansas-based Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recognized SWEPCO’s program with an Exemplary Program Award for “its effectiveness and innovation in helping residential customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency.” In addition, SWEPCO was named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for the fifth year in a row. This year, the award recognizes Energy Efficiency Program Delivery, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
    • In May 2019, SWEPCO awarded $44,315.52 to Champion Home Builders for “an energy-saving light installation at its newest manufacturing facility in Leesville, Louisiana.” The money was earned through one of SWEPCO’s incentive programs, and Champion Home Builders is using the money to fund LED light installations in the new facility they are constructing. “This project is part of SWEPCO’s Commercial Solutions Program, which was developed to pay monetary incentives to commercial customers for new construction and retrofit installation of a wide range of measures that reduce demand and save energy. Incentives are based on deemed savings, or the verified demand and energy savings that occur at the customer's site.”

     

    SWEPCO is a Champion member of Louisiana Clean Fuels, and we are grateful for their support and the initiatives they are taking to improve our state. SWEPCO has sponsored our DC Fast Charging Master Plan in an effort to help promote the improvement of EV charging infrastructure in Louisiana. SWEPCO will also be working with LCF this summer to host an EV roundtable even with local leaders to discuss EV charging.

    To learn more about SWEPCO and its initiatives, visit the SWEPCO website.

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