STO’s petition for limited rehearing, filed on April 24, has triggered a volley of responses — two from SWEPCO and one from Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that planned the Shipe Road – Kings River 345 kV transmission line and ordered SWEPCO to build it.
STO submitted its petition in response to the Commission’s Order 37. In this order, the Commission (1) denied STO’s request that the Commission issue an order denying SWEPCO’s Application for a CECPN; (2) denied STO’s request that the Commission find the Intervenors to be the prevailing parties and issue a procedural order to consider awarding Intervenors attorneys’ fees; (3) denied STO’s Surreply Motion and denied the joint request by SWEPCO, Southwest Power Pool, and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to strike STO’s Surreply; (4) allowed SWEPCO to withdraw its Application for a CECPN; and (5) closed the Docket.
April 24, 2015: STO filed a petition for limited rehearing with the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC), requesting to be allowed to submit its accompanying Surreply, which includes a new affidavit by Dr. Hyde Merrill, the transmission planning expert who challenged SWEPCO’s claim that its proposed transmission line was necessary because it met a public need.
April 24, 2015: SWEPCO filed a motion for limited rehearing, requesting that the Commission deny STO’s petition for limited rehearing and strike STO’s Surreply from the record.
May 4, 2015: SWEPCO filed a response to STO’s petition for limited rehearing, asking the Commission to reject STO’s petition and claiming, among other things, that there is no basis for sanctions.
May 4, 2015: Southwest Power Pool filed a response to SWEPCO’s motion for limited rehearing and STO’s petition for limited rehearing, asking the Commission to grant SWEPCO’s motion and deny STO’s petition.