SWEPCO drops plan for Arkansas power line

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) said Dec. 30 that it is withdrawing its application to build a $116m, 345-kV transmission project in Northwest Arkansas. The American Electric Power (AEP) subsidiary made the move after the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) deemed that the proposed Shipe Road-Kings River project is no longer needed. SPP said it based its decision primarily on updated forecasts that show significantly lower electric demand than prior forecasts. Also the cancellation of several large, long-term transmission service reservations has further reduced reliability needs for the area. SPP has started the process to withdraw the “notification to construct,” which is on record with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

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