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AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co.
SWEPCO Earns 2017 Energy Star® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for Arkansas Energy Efficiency Program



April 24, 2017

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award winner for the company's energy efficiency program in Arkansas.

This is the third consecutive year SWEPCO has received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition.

The Sustained Excellence Award reflects continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

SWEPCO's accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.

SWEPCO's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program promotes the use of ENERGY STAR-certified products and technologies that help improve a home's energy efficiency and comfort.  In 2016, SWEPCO weatherized 1,812 single-family homes through the program, an increase of 236 percent over 2015. The program captured 5,747 megawatt-hours  in net evaluated energy savings, an increase of almost 300 percent over 2015. Many of these homes were joint projects with Black Hills Energy Arkansas, who is also a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR partner.

"Home Performance with Energy Star has been a very successful program, and we're pleased to be recognized for sustained excellence," said Phil Watkins, Energy Efficiency and Consumer Programs for SWEPCO in Arkansas. "The program offers SWEPCO's eligible residential customers no-cost comprehensive home energy assessments and energy efficiency measures such as ceiling insulation, duct sealing, LED bulbs, and advanced power strips," he said.

"The award recognizes the work of the SWEPCO staff, the implementation team from CLEAResult, and the network of contractors who work every day to help customers improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes," Watkins said.

SWEPCO has been a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR partner since 2012.

For information on SWEPCO's energy efficiency programs, visit: www.SWEPCOgridSMART.com

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

The 2017 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations - representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR's awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

About SWEPCO: SWEPCO serves 530,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO's headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at www.SWEPCO.com. SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

About ENERGY STAR: ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA's ENERGY STAR program has been America's resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.

For more information:

Organization:
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)
https://www.swepco.com

Contact:
Peter Main
Corporate Communications
Tel: (479) 973-2526


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