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SWEPCO Seeks Three Wind, Solar RFPs (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-05-14
Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) reports it recently submitted informational filing to the Louisiana Public Service Commission, includes three draft request for proposals (RFPs) for the purchase of up to 3,000 MW of wind resources.

Under the RFP, wind resources must be a minimum of 100 MW, interconnect to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and be located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, or Missouri. Wind projects must qualify for the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and be fully operational by Dec. 15, 2024, or alternatively, Dec. 15, 2025.

Solar resources must be a minimum of 50 MW, interconnect to SPP, and be located in the SWEPCO service territory and have a short-term minimum capacity of 50 MW from SPP resources. Solar projects must on a turnkey basis and SWEPCO will acquire all of the equity interests in the project company whose assets are comprised solely of the project.

The draft RFP seeks up to 200 MW of SPP accredited deliverable capacity for the years 2023 and 2024, and up to 250 MW of capacity for the years 2025, 2026, and 2027.

Proposals are due by Aug. 12, 2021 and are subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: SWEPCO, Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: SWEPCO, 888-216-3523, ; Southwest Power Pool ,

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Invenergy Nails Okla. Wind Farm Construction Financing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-03-26
More Invenergy, a privately held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, reports it has completed construction financing for the 999 MW Traverse Wind Energy Center in Custer, Blaine, and Kingfisher Counties, Oklahoma.

Traverse is the largest of three wind energy projects being developed by Invenergy as part of the 1,485 MW North Central Wind Energy Facilities. The other two projects -- the 287 MW Maverick Wind Energy Center in Major, Garfield and Kingfisher Counties and the 199 MW Sundance Wind Energy Center in Woods and Major Counties -- both achieved financial close in December 2020.

All three projects are currently under construction. American Electric Power (AEP) will assume ownership of the three wind farms upon the start of commercial operations to serve customers of subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO). Sundance is expected to begin commercial operations this spring, Maverick later this year and Traverse in early 2022. (Source: Invenergy, Website, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Invenergy LLC, Meghan Schultz, VP Finance and Capital Markets, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,

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Arkansas Solar Education Lab, Array Approved (Ind. Report)
University of Arkansas
Date: 2021-02-01
In Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) Board of Trustees is reporting approval of a seven-acre solar array and solar learning lab that will issue a Certificate of Proficiency in Solar Energy Technology. The certificate curriculum is adopted from Solar Energy International.

With this curriculum, UAHT will become an approved training provider for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), according to the release.

The certificate program, which is expected to begin this fall, is part of the path to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Power Technologies degree at UAH

The UHAT solar lab $200,000 in grant funding from AEP/SWEPCO Foundation. In addition, Entegrity Energy Partners, which was selected to design and install the solar project, as well as First Solar and OMCO Solar, are donating solar modules and racking equipment to help complete the laboratory.

There are presently more than 42,5610 homes in Arkansas powered by solar, with twenty-six solar companies active in the state. (Source: University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, PR, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 870-777-5722,

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Louisiana PSC Grants $1Mn in Energy-Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
Louisiana Public Service Commission
Date: 2020-06-24
In Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) reports the awarding of more than $1 million in energy efficiency grant funding to local governments and parish school systems in Northeast Louisiana.

The grants, which range from $9,875 to $219,896, will fund the installation of high-efficiency LED lights and energy-efficient windows in buildings operated by local governments and public schools. The grant money will come from a surcharge on electric bills paid by cities, parishes and other political subdivisions that receive their electricity from Entergy, SWEPCO and CLECO utilities. (Source: LPSC, PR, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LPSC, Gary Hobbs, 318-676-7464, 225-342-4999,,

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SWEPCO's Oklahoma Wind Farm Purchases Win Approval (Ind Report)
Alliance for Affordable Energy,SWEOCO
Date: 2020-05-29
The Alliance for Affordable Energy is reporting the Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) purchase o f three new wind facilities in Oklahoma totaling 1,485 MW in nameplate capacity. The facilities will be co-owned with another AEP subsidiary, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and serve customers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

SWEPCO has committed to acquiring up to 200 MW of solar, located within its Louisiana territory within the next three years. (Source: Alliance for Affordable Energy, KATC News, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Alliance for Affordable Energy, 504-208-9761,; SWEPCO,

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SWEPCO Adding 819-MW of Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Southwestern Electric Power
Date: 2020-05-13
Shreveport, Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co.(SWEPCO) is reporting the Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved its plan to add 810 MW of wind energy through the purchase of three wind facilities in north central Oklahoma (the North Central Energy Facilities) along with its sister company Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).

SWEPCO would own 810 MW or 54.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects with an investment of $1.01 billion. PSO would add 675 MW of wind energy, or 45.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects, which are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021. (Source: SWEPCO, Facebook, 11 May, 2020) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO,; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, 888-216-3523,

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SWEPCO Acquiring Stake in 1,485- MW Oklahoma Wind Project (M&A)
Southwestern Electric Power, Oklahoma. Public Service Co
Date: 2020-02-28
The Public Service Co. is reporting the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has given the nod for its acquisition of a 45.5 pct, 675-MW share of Southwestern Electric Power Co's (SWEPCO) proposed 1,485-MW wind farm project covering seven counties in north-central Oklahoma.

Shreveport, Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co will own the remaining lion's share of the project which includes three wind farms in Alfalfa, Blaine, Custer, Kingfisher, Garfield, Major and Woods counties in the Oklahoma panhandle region. (Source: Oklahoma. Public Service Co, Lexington Herald-Leader, AP, 23 Feb., 2020)Contact: Oklahoma. Public Service Co., 888-216-3523,; Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, 405-340-5047,; Southwestern Electric Power,

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Kilgore Scores SWEPCO Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-01-20
Shreveport, Louisiana-based AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) reports it has awarded $121,386 to Kilgore College, in Kilgore Texas, for energy efficiency upgrades that are expected to save the college roughly $155,000 a year in energy costs.

The funds are part of the company's Schools Conserving Our Resources market transformation program which was created with the help of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The program provides financial incentive to private and public educational institutions for new and retrofit lighting installments. The program aims to encourage: energy efficient products; transform the market by addressing barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency; provide educational and support services to implement the products and creating a simple process to streamline the process to encourage market participation. (Source: SWEPCO, Longview News Journal, 15 Jan., 2020) Contact: Kilgore College,; AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Co, 888-216-3523,

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SWEPCO Issues $82,000 LED Lighting Upgrade Incentive (Funding)
Southwestern Electric Power
Date: 2019-10-16
Shreveport, Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (AEP) Company, is reporting payment of a $94,987.74 incentive check to Texarkana Aluminum for an energy efficient LED lighting project at its aluminum mill in Texarkana, Texas.

As part of the upgrade, the mill installed more than 200 LED fixtures. The SWEPCO incentive will help cover some of the upfront costs of this project, which has an expected payback period of less than two years with an annual savings of roughly $82,000.

This project is part of SWEPCO's Commercial Standard Offer Program. (Source: SWEPCO, PR, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: Southwestern Electric Power Co., Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO, Mike Nix, Energy Efficiency and Consumer Program Coordinator,

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SWEPCO Plans an Additional adding 810 MW of Wind Power (M&A)
Southwestern Electric Power Co
Date: 2019-07-22
Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power company, report it plans to add 810 MW of wind energy sufficient for roughly 200,000 homes by 2022, subject to FERC approval.

SWEPCO's long-view calls for more than one-third of its energy to be sourced from wind and solar resources and coal-fueled power generation to fall from 83 to 44 pct of the company's resource mix. Under the plan, wind energy will jump from 9 to 26 pct and solar power is introduced and grows to 10 pct.

SWEPCO is pursuing its proposal to acquire three Oklahoma wind generation facilities in conjunction with its sister company, Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO). One of the three wind projects is slated to be completed by the end of 2020 and the other projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. (Source: SWEPCO, Times Record, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Southwestern Electric Power Co., Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO,

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AEP Utilities Seeking 1,485 MW New Wind Generation (Ind Report)
American Electric Power,Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
Date: 2019-07-17
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports two of its companies -- Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) -- are seeking regulatory approvals for the approximate $2 billion purchase of three Oklahoma wind projects totaling 1,485 MW.

The projects, under development by Invenergy, include a 999 MW facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287 MW facility being built southwest of Enid and a 199 MW facility being built south of Alva. Collectively, the three facilities would provide more than 5.7 million MWh of new wind energy annually to serve customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

AEP notes it recently added 724 MW of wind and battery generation to its contracted competitive portfolio and has proposed adding more than 9,100 MW of new wind and solar generation and nearly 2,300 MW of new natural gas generation to its regulated power plant fleet by 2030. (Source: AEP, NA Windpower, 16 July, 2019)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000,; Public Service Co. of Oklahoma,; Southwestern Electric Power Co.,

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SWEPCO RfP Seeking 1.200 MW of Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-09
Shreveport, La.-based South Western Electric Power (SWEPCO) has issued an RfP for up to 1,200 MW of additional wind energy to be used by December 15, 2021. SWEPCO presently sources 469 MW of wind energy from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas through multiple power purchase agreements.

Proposals under the RfP must have a minimum nameplate rating of 100 MW and must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

SWEPCO is seeking to acquire new or existing projects that qualify for at least 80 pct of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and are located in, and interconnected to, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional grid in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas or Oklahoma. Projects selected through the RFP process will be reviewed for regulatory approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission, Public Utility Commission of Texas and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

RfP application forms and additional information can be found at (Source: SWEPCO, Nexstar, Jan., 2019) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO,

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