Nearly 70% of Louisiana Voters Support SWEPCO's Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project

New poll shows majority of Louisianans support investment in renewable energy to keep customers’ bills low

SHREVEPORT, La., April 11, 2018 – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), today released a new poll that shows a majority of registered voters in Louisiana support the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project and renewable energy development.

Here are the poll numbers that show where Louisianans stand on Wind Catcher:

  • 67% of registered voters support the Wind Catcher project because of its opportunity to reduce customers’ electric bills, bring clean and affordable energy to homes and businesses, and add diversity to the generation resources serving Louisiana. •
  • 62% of registered voters support the Wind Catcher project because SWEPCO customers would save $4 billion over the 25-year life of the project.
  • 77% of registered voters support the development of wind and other renewable sources of energy in order to keep energy costs low.

“Affordable electricity, renewable energy and diverse energy resources are important to folks all across Louisiana, as demonstrated by this poll,” said Brian Bond, vice president of External Affairs for SWEPCO. “SWEPCO’s 230,000 customers in Louisiana stand to benefit from the proposed Wind Catcher project through cost savings, renewable energy investments, and continuing our strategy of energy resource diversity. This poll demonstrates Wind Catcher’s value to local consumers as the Louisiana Public Service Commission reviews the project.”

Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a major wind farm and a dedicated power line project to bring low-cost, clean, reliable energy to SWEPCO customers. The project includes the purchase of a 2,000-megawatt wind farm under construction in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and construction of a dedicated power line that will carry the wind energy to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where the existing grid will deliver energy to SWEPCO customers. The project will save SWEPCO customers more than $4 billion over the 25-year life of the wind farm, compared to the projected costs of buying power on the open market.

The poll of 882 Louisiana registered voters was conducted through automated phone calls from March 31- April 4, 2018, and the results were downweighted to 400 respondents to ensure proportional responses. The margin of error at the 95% confidence level is ±3.3 points. The poll was conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, an independent analytic research firm.

The Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is subject to regulatory approvals in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

SWEPCO serves 532,000 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 (NYSE: AEP).

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Carey Sullivan
SWEPCO Corporate Communications