The Arkansas Public Service Commission has determined that the installation of additional environmental controls at the Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Ark., is in the public interest. The decision was issued today in response to a request by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO).
SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) each own 50 percent of the 528-megawatt coal-fueled plant. SWEPCO operates the facility. As a baseload unit, Flint Creek provides power 24 hours a day. It is the only baseload power plant in Northwest Arkansas.
To comply with new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, SWEPCO must install additional environmental controls to continue operation of Flint Creek beyond April 16, 2016. SWEPCO has secured from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality a one-year extension beyond EPA’s 2015 deadline to continue operations if the company is in the process of installing controls.
Pending the approval of environmental permits, SWEPCO expects construction of the retrofit equipment to begin in January 2014.