England Airpark extends deal with Cleco

England Airpark commissioners this week decided on a 25-year extension of the economic development district's agreement with Cleco Power LLC to operate the airpark's electric system and supply power.

Cleco Power is a subsidiary of Pineville-based Cleco Corp.

Cleco currently has a 20-year contract with the airpark and will continue to provide electricity from the utility's multi-fuel generation fleet, Cleco said in a news release.

"This extension continues our pursuit to align our company with businesses, municipalities and cooperatives that are progressive, eager to grow and want to limit exposure to environmental or generational capacity uncertainty in a rapidly changing market," said Bruce Williamson, Cleco president and chief executive officer.

England Airpark is located at the site of the former England Air Force base and is considered a model of military base reuse. The England Authority Board of Commissioners oversees the airpark and Alexandria International Airport.

"England Airpark is pleased to continue the productive partnership that has helped foster over 2,000 jobs for our area," said William Barron, chairman of the airpark board.

"The extension of this relationship is another positive step in meeting the airpark's goal of becoming Louisiana's transportation and business center," Barron said.

Earlier this year, Cleco signed a contract to sell electricity to Dixie Electric Membership Corporation, whose customers live in the rapidly growing suburban area outside Baton Rouge.

Cleco has 281,000 retail customers in Louisiana, and supplies wholesale power to 10 communities in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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