Proof of Extra-High Voltage “Superhighway” Requires More Time
SWEPCO tells the APSC that making a 3rd attempt to prove a public need for their extra-high voltage “superhighway” will take 6-7 more months.
On Friday, July 3, 2014, attorney David Matthews sent a letter informing the Arkansas Public Service Commission that SWEPCO and the Southwest Power Pool intend to take another 6-7 months in their third attempt to prove that there is a public need for their proposed extra-high voltage transmission line through the Ozarks.
The letter is in response to APSC Order 36, in which the Commission concluded …
the record is presently insufficient to determine: the need for the particular 345 kV project that has been proposed, whether that project is consistent with the public convenience and necessity, and whether the project represents an `acceptable adverse environmental impact,considering . . . the various alternatives, if any, and other pertinent considerations.’ A,C.A. 5 23-18-519 (b)(4).
and ordered the submission of …
additional testimony and more recent,comprehensive evidence on whether the proposed 345 kV project is needed, whether transmission requirements in the region might be met by alternative options, such as expanding, upgrading, or building lower capacity facilities, including 161 kV lines, and if not why not, the comparative costs associated with the options, the environmental impact of the options, and the long term sufficiency of the options.
The full letter is available below:
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