Following SWEPCO’s letter explaining to the Arkansas Public Service Commission how and when the Commission can continue with its process, Save the Ozarks (STO) requested in its letter of July 29, 2014, that the Commission deny SWEPCO’s application and close the current docket.
If the Commission does not deny SWEPCO’s original application and close the docket, STO asks the Commission to order SWEPCO to reimburse STO’s and other intervenors’ experts and attorneys’ fees going forward. STO points out that, without such an order, SWEPCO and SPP can simply continue to submit flawed applications, year after year, with the aim of exhausting intervenors’ financial resources. This will not serve the public interest and will be contrary to the intent of the Arkansas Legislature.
STO also proposed the following alternatives in the event that the Commission does not close the docket:
- If the Commission allows SWEPCO and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) an additional 6-7 months, as directed in the letter of July 3, 2014, then the Commission should allow STO and other intervenors an equal period of time to review SPP’s studies after they are completed; and
- If the Commission denies the above alternative, then the Commission should direct SWEPCO and SPP to provide STO and other intervenors all drafts, models, input data, assumptions, reports, appendices, and other relevant materials as the 6-7 month study period proceeds, and allow STO-designated individuals to participate as stakeholders in the process of reevaluation and consideration of alternatives in the same manner as SPP’s other stakeholders.
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