Public hearing scheduled for June 15 regarding AECC’s proposed 161-kV line, other facilities

A public hearing is scheduled for June 15 at the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) in Little Rock, Ark., regarding Arkansas Electric Cooperative Commission’s (AECC) March 23 application seeking approval to build, own and operate certain transmission facilities, including a new 7.3-mile, 161-kV transmission line, in Greene County, Ark.

As TransmissionHub reported, AECC, in its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN), said that it plans to build a new 161-kV tap switching station and the new line in Greene County to serve AECC member Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC).

The line would supply a new 161-13.2-kV distribution substation to be called the Gainesville 161-13.2-kV substation, which would be built by CECC and does not require a CCN.

AECC said that the switching station and transmission line – collectively, the project – are needed to provide CECC with a new electrical source to improve the quality of service, increase capacity and more reliably serve its loads in Greene County. Currently, in that general area of Greene County, AECC supplies CECC from the Crowley’s Ridge, Halliday and Marmaduke substations. Because the area is served by long distribution circuits, maintaining adequate voltage levels is becoming increasingly difficult, AECC added.

The desired in-service date for the project is Jan. 24, 2017, AECC said, adding that it requests a CCN approval date by June 14.

AECC said that the estimated cost of the switching station is $3.3m, and the cost of the line is $3.5m. AECC would pay for the construction using cash out of general funds.

As noted in the APSC’s administrative law judge’s April 14 order for a procedural schedule and hearing date, the APSC general staff and AECC on April 13 proposed a different final order date, as well as a procedural schedule, which along with the June 15 public hearing date, includes a requested order date of July 1.

In their April 13 joint motion, the general staff and AECC said that they propose the new requested final order date, as well as the procedural schedule, to better accommodate staff’s work load.

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