In Texas, Everything is Bigger

An economic powerhouse, the Lone Star state’s economy ranks 10th in the world, larger than countries like Australia and Russia. Texas’ economy is as diverse as it is big – each region, county and city has something unique to offer. We provide energy solutions and site location services to several of Texas’ thriving regions through two operating companies, AEP Texas and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO).

AEP Texas delivers energy in South and West Texas, where unprecedented industrial and energy sector growth is fueled by direct access to oil and gas reserves and best-in-class transportation assets, such as ports to connect you to Mexico and beyond.

SWEPCO serves the North Texas and East Texas regions, a mecca for manufacturing, distribution and food processing operations looking for low-cost access to the Dallas-Fort Worth market, and robust interstate infrastructure.

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oil & gas customers

You’re a Big Deal to Us

We deploy three economic development experts to support your growth in Texas. They have helped companies including Cheniere, Voestalpine, Caterpillar, Steel Dynamics, Dollar General and Ta Chen International locate and expand in Texas, and are standing by to help you.

Bradley Lenz

Senior Manager of Economic and Business Development

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Three Things To Know

  • I was born and raised in a small town in Central Texas. In 1990 I earned a B.S. in electrical engineering specializing in power systems and electric vehicles from Texas A&M University – College Station.
  • My 30 years of utility operations experience and technical background make me an invaluable resource for fostering new project acquisitions.
  • In my 9 years as director of economic development, our team has contributed to unprecedented levels of economic development growth within Texas. My goal is to continue supporting our team as we strive to provide excellent service to both existing and future AEP customers.

Dale Fowler, CEcD

Manager of Economic and Business Development

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Three Things To Know

  • I bring over 25 years of economic development experience to the role, having most recently served as president of the Victoria Economic Development Corporation in Victoria, Texas. since 2001. I led the community’s effort to attract new industry, as well as retain and expand existing industry in the area. I worked closely with local, state and federal officials to promote business at both the local and regional levels. Prior to that role, I had a previous stint with AEP and am excited to rejoin the team.
  • I received my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with a concentration in business and marketing from the University of Houston – Victoria and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. I am a certified economic developer with the International Economic Development Council and maintain membership in the Texas Economic Development Council where I served as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2020.
  • During my career, I have received a number of honors including being named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2018. I was appointed by the Texas Comptroller to serve on the Economic Incentive Oversight Board in 2015, and am a member of several business and development organizations in my community.

Eric Basinger, CEcD

Manager of Economic and Business Development

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Three Things To Know

  • I build communities and grow economic opportunities. Been doing it for more than 20 years. My experience as an economic development director for multiple counties in Alabama, as well as in Bradenton, Florida, gives me insight on meeting community needs. Most recently, I led recruitment and expansion projects for GKN Aerospace, Hanil USA and Tropicana.
  • Successful collaboration stems from a strong foundation in local relationships. Having worked on different sides of the negotiation table, I help your team anticipate needs and create win-win solutions that propel you to the finish line, staying focused on what’s important to you.
  • I’m extremely knowledgeable about the South. I was born here, raised here and graduated from two of its institutions, University of West Alabama and Auburn University. I am a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council and am a board member of the Northwest Louisiana Economic Partnership. I am a member of the Southwest Arkansas Economic Development Alliance and the Right Corner of Texas marketing alliance in Northeast Texas.

Working with Bradley: Three Things To Know

  • I was born and raised in a small town in Central Texas. In 1990 I earned a B.S. in electrical engineering specializing in power systems and electric vehicles from Texas A&M University – College Station.
  • My 30 years of utility operations experience and technical background make me an invaluable resource for fostering new project acquisitions.
  • In my 9 years as director of economic development, our team has contributed to unprecedented levels of economic development growth within Texas. My goal is to continue supporting our team as we strive to provide excellent service to both existing and future AEP customers.

Working with Dale: Three Things To Know

  • I bring over 25 years of economic development experience to the role, having most recently served as president of the Victoria Economic Development Corporation in Victoria, Texas. since 2001. I led the community’s effort to attract new industry, as well as retain and expand existing industry in the area. I worked closely with local, state and federal officials to promote business at both the local and regional levels. Prior to that role, I had a previous stint with AEP and am excited to rejoin the team.
  • I received my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with a concentration in business and marketing from the University of Houston – Victoria and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. I am a certified economic developer with the International Economic Development Council and maintain membership in the Texas Economic Development Council where I served as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2020.
  • During my career, I have received a number of honors including being named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2018. I was appointed by the Texas Comptroller to serve on the Economic Incentive Oversight Board in 2015, and am a member of several business and development organizations in my community.

Working with Eric: Three Things To Know

  • I build communities and grow economic opportunities. Been doing it for more than 20 years. My experience as an economic development director for multiple counties in Alabama, as well as in Bradenton, Florida, gives me insight on meeting community needs. Most recently, I led recruitment and expansion projects for GKN Aerospace, Hanil USA and Tropicana.
  • Successful collaboration stems from a strong foundation in local relationships. Having worked on different sides of the negotiation table, I help your team anticipate needs and create win-win solutions that propel you to the finish line, staying focused on what’s important to you.
  • I’m extremely knowledgeable about the South. I was born here, raised here and graduated from two of its institutions, University of West Alabama and Auburn University. I am a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council and am a board member of the Northwest Louisiana Economic Partnership. I am a member of the Southwest Arkansas Economic Development Alliance and the Right Corner of Texas marketing alliance in Northeast Texas.

Lay of the Land

AEP Texas delivers energy to over one million customers in the Lone Star State. SWEPCO generates and delivers power to 185,000 customers in the state.

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Key Industries in Texas

Data Centers

Energy & Chemicals

Food & Beverage

Logistics

Metals

Paper & Timber

Boundless Advantages

With no corporate or personal income tax, Texas offers one of the best tax climates in the nation. In North Texas and East Texas, key cities powered by SWEPCO include Kilgore, Longview, Marshall, Mount Pleasant and Texarkana. Key cities served by AEP Texas in South Texas and West Texas include Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Laredo, San Angelo and Victoria. We love Texas. Here are a few reasons why.

For more, visit the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC) webpage.

Power in Texas

AEP has two operating companies serving Texas. We have a constant focus on keeping our power system reliable for our customers.

AEP Texas

  • AEP Texas operates in the deregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) marketplace.
  • AEP Texas is an energy delivery company, providing regulated energy to consumers, regardless of which Retail Electric Provider (REP) they choose. AEP Texas serves approximately one million retail customers in West and South Texas.
  • Advanced metering infrastructure system (AMI) and digital smart meters provide customers with greater reliability, enhanced customer service, and innovative tools for managing their energy use.
  • Energy saving programs provide incentives for the installation of energy-efficient equipment.

SWEPCO

  • SWEPCO operates in the regulated Southwestern Power Pool (SPP) Regional Transmission Organization (RTO).
  • Our economic development rider is designed to help new and expanding businesses reduce costs and create more jobs. Eligible companies receive discounts on new electric demand for three years.
  • Energy efficiency programs provide incentives for facilities to reduce peak electric demand and annual energy consumption, resulting in improved building performance and comfort.