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SWEPCO updates Bossier City Council on projects

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At its regular meeting on Tuesday March 1, 2022, the Bossier City Council heard a presentation from Southwestern Electric Power Company External Affairs Manager Michael D. Corbin regarding two projects that are taking place in Bossier City.

The first project Corbin spoke about concerned updates to the SWEPCO customer mobile app.

“I wanted to come up and tell you about a couple of things we have going on that directly impact Bossier City. First, we have an app that is available. And with that app, you can learn about your bill, you can look at your power usage and things like that. But, there is a feature built into the app that will also send you automated texts when there is an outage at your home or business. In addition to that, just in the last month, one of the things we found is that because this is an automated process, we may get a circuit back online and then, you get a text that says your power is back on. However, if your power is not back on, you are frustrated. And, you are looking for my phone number (or somebody else’s phone number). Now, we have two ways of texting on this. So, if you get the app and you get a text that says your power is back on, you simply respond back. Then, within five seconds, an order with your address is sent and a truck will be headed your way. This is going to help us when we have larger outages,” said Corbin.

The second project Corbin spoke to the council about involved a pilot electric meter installation project currently taking place in Bossier City.

“The second thing I wanted to talk to you about that directly affects Bossier City is electric meters. That is how we measure usage at each customer’s home or business. Currently, the meters that we use operate on a radio frequency. We have folks that drive around through neighborhoods and gather usage readings from the electric meter each cycle. These meters have reached the end of their life. As a result, we have received permission from the Louisiana Public Service Commission to do a trial in north Bossier and a trial in what we call our “valley district,” which is south of Stonewall,” Corbin said.

“We are currently installing about 10,000 AMI meters in north Bossier right now. Those meters (when installed and when the network has been completed), will allow information to pass back and forth. Then, a customer can go to the SWEPCO customer mobile app to see how much power they are using at any point during the day. Down the road, this will allow us to offer off peak rates. We currently have a case before the Louisiana Public Service Commission to replace all of our electric meters in Louisiana. And, we expect a decision on that within just a few months. We think this is good for the customer. And, we think it is going to be good for us because we will be able to provide more information back to the customer,” Corbin concluded.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the city council approved:

  • Adoption of an ordinance appropriating the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) from the EMS Capital Contingency Fund for the purchase of 35 Glock Model 17 Firearms with optics (and other equipment, as needed) by the City of Bossier City Fire Department.
  • Adoption of an ordinance to amend Ordinance 92 of 2020 to cover construction costs for the Highway 71 Street Lighting Phase II Project for a total of $581,782 to come from the Parkway Capital Projects Fund.
  • Adoption of an ordinance to amend Ordinance 116 of 2021 to cover construction costs for improvements to the left turn lanes located at Louisiana Highway 3 and Interstate Highway 220 for a total of $573,000 to come from the Riverboat Gaming Trust Fund.
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