Benton County’s population has grown at a rate of 2 percent per year since 2007, when the supposed basis for SWEPCO’s project was first established.
During that same period, the population of Carroll County has grown by less than 0.2 percent per year.
Since 2000, for the first time in modern history, the rate of growth in electricity consumption in the US has dropped well below the rate of population growth.
A similar decline in the demand for electricity is evident in the area where SWEPCO contends there is a public need for the Shipe Road – Kings River Project. For example, electricity consumption fell by 0.5 percent during 2011-2013, according to Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation, the primary retail electricity provider for both Benton and Carroll Counties.
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