APR. 10, 2014
APSC TO RECONSIDER STO’S PETITION FOR A FULL REHEARING AND SWEPCO’S PETITION FOR A LIMITED
Arkansas Public Service Commission to reconsider petitions for rehearing of SWEPCO’s proposal to construct a 345 kV transmission line in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri
Eureka Springs, AR, April 10, 2014: The APSC announced today that it will reconsider the petition by Save the Ozarks for a full rehearing of the Commission’s decision to approve SWEPCO’s plan to build a 345 kV transmission line in Benton and Carroll Counties as well as SWEPCO’s petition for a rehearing limited to the Commission’s selection of a route for the transmission line that also traverses Barry and McDonald Counties in Missouri.
In January, APSC Administrative Law Judge Connie Griffin approved the SWEPCO proposal but chose the interstate route, Route 109, rather than SWEPCO’s `preferred’ route, Route 33. The Commission itself took no action within 30 days of the ALJ’s decision, which signaled the Commission’s adoption of the decision to approve the project and to build the transmission line on Route 109. During the APSC proceedings, Save the Ozarks presented expert testimony and other evidence to show there is no public need for SWEPCO’s project. In mid-March both Save the Ozarks and SWEPCO filed petitions for rehearing.
“The APSC makes up many of its own rules and, for a rehearing, the rule that appears to be in play now is Rule 6 — “take any other action it deems appropriate,””said Pat Costner, Director of Save the Ozarks. “We take it as a positive sign that the Commission is reconsidering our petition, and we look forward to their decision within the next 60 days.”
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Contact: Pat Costner
Save the Ozarks
Email: [email protected]
This decision by the Commission, Order 35, can be accessed by clicking on “View” at this site: http://www.apscservices.info/EFilings/Docket_Search_Documents.asp?Docket=13-041-U&DocNumVal=441