Yesterday, March 25, after more than nine months of silence, the Arkansas Public Service Commission issued what seems likely to be its last order in the matter of SWEPCO’s application to construct a 50-mile, 345 kV transmission line through the Ozarks of Benton and Carroll Counties in Arkansas. In its new Order 37, the Commission –:
- Denies STO’ s request that the Commission issue an order denying SWEPCO’ s Application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN);
- Denies STO’s request that the Commission find STO and other intervenors who challenged the need for the transmission line to be the prevailing parties in this Docket and issue a procedural order to consider awarding Intervenors attorneys’ fees is denied;
- Denies STO’s motion to be allowed to submit a surreply;
- Denies the joint request by SWEPCO, Southwest Power Pool, and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to strike STO’s Surreply;
- Allows SWEPCO to withdraw its Application for a CECPN; and
- Closes the docket.
[Note: Read Dr. Hyde Merrill’s affidavit for a better understanding of why the Commission should have held both SWEPCO and the Southwest Power Pool accountable for their actions by denying SWEPCO’s application, declaring STO as the prevailing party, and awarding compensation to STO. Dr. Merrill’s affidavit begins after page 9 of STO’s Surreply. ]