The Shipe Road – Kings River Project has its beginnings in the Ozark Transmission Study, a long-range plan devised by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in 2006-2007. To carry out one portion of this regional, long-range plan, SPP issued a Notice to Construct to American Electric Power (AEP) in 2008 for the following:
- 9 miles of 345 kV transmission line from the Centerton Substation west of Bentonville in Benton County to East Rogers Substation
- 32 miles of 345 kV transmission line from East Rogers Substation to the Osage Creek Substation on the Kings River, east of Eureka Springs and west of Berryville in Carroll County, and
- a new 345/161 kV transformer at the Osage Creek Substation.
AEP subsequently directed its wholly-owned subsidiary, SWEPCO, to execute SPP’s Notice to Construct.
SWEPCO considered SPP’s Notice to Construct, but, at some point, apparently decided to devise a new, somewhat different plan as follows:
- 50-60 miles of 345 kV transmission line from the Shipe Road Substation, currently under construction by SWEPCO at a site near the Centerton Substation in Benton County to a proposed new substation, and
- a new substation, the Kings River Substation, that SWEPCO proposes to build on a site purchased by SWEPCO on January 30, 2013, that is north of the Osage Creek Substation in Carroll County.
On April 3, 2013, SWEPCO submitted its new plan — the Shipe Road – Kings River Project — to the Arkansas Public Service Commission for approval, presenting SPP’s Notice to Construct as the authorization for its project and SPP’s Ozark Transmission Study as the basis of need for its project.
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