LifeShare Blood Center receives $20k in incentives from SWEPCO for energy efficiency upgrade
(Left) LifeShare Blood Center's Chad Douglas and Jorge Garcia, SWEPCO's Jeff Thigpen

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) on Wednesday presented LifeShare Blood Center with a $20,482.71 check for its recent energy-saving upgrade. LifeShare qualified for the incentive money after completing a lighting retrofit project at its Shreveport Donor Center.

A total of 904 incandescent and fluorescent bulbs – 49 outside and 855 inside – were replaced with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The anticipated annual electric savings from this project will be approximately 34 kW in demand and 155,000 kWh in energy. For LifeShare Blood Center, this means the project will yield savings of approximately $13,000 a year or about $1,100 a month.

The lighting upgrade is part of LifeShare Blood Center’s effort to better utilize resources and help conserve energy for future generations.

“We’re connecting donors and the lives they impact, more efficiently,” said Jorge Garcia, LifeShares’ Director of Property and Fleet.

SWEPCO's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program provides incentives for facilities to reduce peak electric demand and annual energy consumption, resulting in improved building performance and comfort.

“We’re proud to work with LifeShare Blood Center to help the nonprofit save money on its future energy bills,” said SWEPCO Principal Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs Coordinator Jeff Thigpen. “The money saved will go toward LifeShare’s good work of saving lives across the tri-state area.”

Incentives are available for both existing buildings and new construction projects and are based on the verified electric energy savings. The commercial program offers incentives for fluorescent and LED lighting upgrades; HVAC upgrades; lighting controls; air compressor system upgrades; motor upgrades and more.

SWEPCO also has energy efficiency programs for residential customers. More information for both programs may be found at SWEPCO.com/Save.

Photo: (Left to right) LifeShare Blood Center President and CEO Chad Douglas, LifeShare Blood Center Director of Property and Fleet Jorge Garcia and SWEPCO's Principal Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Jeff Thigpen

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)
SWEPCO, an American Electric Power (AEP: NYSE) company, serves 535,000 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 SWEPCO.com.

About American Electric Power (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 219,000 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 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 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.

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(Left) LifeShare Blood Center's Chad Douglas and Jorge Garcia, SWEPCO's Jeff Thigpen