AEP subsidiary to buy La. cooperative

AP News
Posted: Nov 19, 2009 3:32 PM

A subsidiary of power generator American Electric Power plans to buy a Louisiana electric cooperative for $94 million in a deal expected to save the cooperative's members 20 percent a year on their electricity bills.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. said Thursday that the 30,000 members of Valley Electric Membership Corp. will receive $30 million for their stake in the cooperative should the deal be approved. Members likely will vote early next year to dissolve the cooperative.

The cooperative's members are located south of Shreveport. The deal will double the size of Southwestern Electric's geographic footprint in Louisiana and bring economic opportunities along Interstate 49.

The utility has nearly 500,000 customers in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.