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Hallsville ISD Receives $2k in Incentives From SWEPCO for Energy-Saving Upgrades

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HALLSVILLE, Texas, Dec. 5 -- Southwestern Electric Power issued the following news release:

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) on Thursday presented the Hallsville ISD Board of Trustees with a $2,177.50 check for its recent energy efficient upgrades. The school district qualified for the monetary incentives after completing a lighting retrofit project and replacing an air conditioning condenser.

For the lighting retrofit, a total of 52 metal-halide 400W gym lights were replaced with 52 150W light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs have a much longer lifespan and very low maintenance costs compared to fluorescent lighting. The anticipated annual electric savings from the combined upgrades will be approximately 8.71 kW in demand and 44,389 kWh in energy.

These energy efficiency improvements align with Hallsville ISD's pursuit of "Excellence in Education" in all endeavors.

"We're constantly looking for ways to help the district save money and avoid costs", said Ben Avedikian, Hallsville ISD's director of maintenance. "In this case, it was the opportunity to change the way we use electricity."

These upgrades are part of SWEPCO's Schools Conserving Resources Market Transformation Program (SCORE MTP), which provides incentives for measures that reduce peak electric demand (kW) and annual energy consumption (kWh).

"We're proud to work with Hallsville ISD to help the school district save money on its future energy bills," said SWEPCO Senior Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Mike Nix. "And a special thanks goes to Ben Avedikian. This wouldn't have been possible without his leadership and forward thinking."

In addition to incentives, SCORE MTP offers services that include the benchmarking of current energy use, creation of an energy master plan, identification and evaluation of opportunities for energy efficiency measures, and communications support.

SWEPCO also has energy efficiency programs for residential customers.

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

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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