APSC staff, Entergy Arkansas request that hearing be waived in relation to proposed 115-kV project

The Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) general staff and Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas Inc., (EAI), in a Nov. 8 joint motion, requested that that the APSC waive a hearing scheduled for Dec. 7 in relation to EAI’s proposed 115-kV project in Saline County, Ark.

Staff and EAI also requested that the APSC approve the company’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) based upon the filed record.

As noted in the motion, EAI seeks to build, operate and maintain the new 115-kV line connection to Benton Utilities’ Hurricane Lake substation and associated facilities in Saline County.

Staff on Oct. 28 filed the direct testimony of Clark Cotten, recommending APSC approval of the CCN application, the motion said.

As TransmissionHub reported, Cotten also recommended that EAI be directed to file the required completion or delay of construction reports.

EAI’s transmission facilities required to provide transmission service to the substation will consist of two short 150-foot slack-span transmission segments connecting to the substation, including an in-and-out transmission service installation from EAI’s existing Mabelvale EHV Substation to River Ridge Switching Station 115 kV Transmission Line.

The proposed facilities will be built on lands owned by the City of Benton, on a 0.02-acre easement acquired by EAI on property between the existing transmission line right of way (ROW) and the City of Benton Hurricane Lake substation, and on EAI’s existing transmission ROW.

According to the company, Cotten added, if a CCN is approved, contract construction crews would begin construction of the proposed facilities as soon as possible to accommodate a projected in-service date of May 30, 2017.

“Given that EAI and staff are in agreement concerning the need for the facility and staff’s recommendation for approval of the CCN application, EAI will not be filing rebuttal testimony on” Nov. 10, the Nov. 8 motion said.

The motion also noted that besides staff and EAI, there are no other parties to the docket; to date, no public comments have been received regarding the application; and there are no contested issues in the docket.

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