Water efficient, energy star sales tax holiday is soon

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding Texans that the state’s Water Efficient Products and Energy Star sales tax holiday is May 23-25.

Qualifying items include things like plumbing accessories, landscape irrigation tools and Energy Star appliances.

“Inefficient appliances and outdated water systems put a tremendous strain on our power grids and water supplies,” Hegar said. “Even in these uncertain times, Texans can take advantage of this sales tax holiday to buy more energy-efficient items, support local businesses and save money. You can practice social distancing and other precautionary measures when shopping in person or shop online. Qualifying products are tax free.”

For more information on items that qualify, visit comptroller.texas.gov.

Arkansas approves SWEPCO project

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved SWEPCO’s request to add 810 megawatts of wind energy.

“We are excited for this opportunity to bring more clean, low-cost renewable energy to our Arkansas customers,” said Malcolm Smoak, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “The Arkansas Public Service Commission has demonstrated a strong commitment to renewable energy, and the parties in this proceeding recognize the many benefits of clean energy and long-term savings for the families, businesses and communities we serve.”

SWEPCO wants to acquire three wind facilities in north central Oklahoma — known as the North Central Energy Facilities — in conjunction with its sister company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Pending regulatory approvals, SWEPCO will own 810 MW, or 54.5 percent of the 1,485-MW project with an investment of $1.01 billion. SWEPCO and PSO will acquire the projects at their completion in 2020 and 2021.

SWEPCO is also seeking approval of its proposal from utility regulators in Louisiana and Texas.

Brookshires begins food pantry drive

Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers has begun its “Together We Can Do More” campaign to help those facing food insecurity.

Beginning this week, shoppers will be able to donate $1, $3 or $5 during checkout to support local food pantries. Brookshire Brothers will match contributions up to $100,000. Funds will be distributed to local hunger relief organizations.

From Staff Reports