Hearing scheduled for Dec. 7 for Entergy Arkansas’ proposed 115-kV project

A hearing will be held on Dec. 7 at the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) in Little Rock, Ark., regarding Entergy Arkansas’ proposal to build, operate and maintain two 115-kV transmission line segments and related transmission facilities to provide a 115-kV connection to a new distribution substation begin built by Benton Utilities for the City of Benton in Saline County, Ark.

The APSC administrative law judge (ALJ) also said in the Oct. 17 order that direct testimony, exhibits or documentary evidence is to be filed by the APSC general staff and any intervenors by Oct. 28. In addition, Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas is to file any rebuttal testimony, exhibits or documentary evidence by Nov. 10. Staff and/or any intervenors are to file any surrebuttal testimony, exhibits or documentary evidence by Dec. 2, the ALJ added.

As reported, Entergy Arkansas in September applied at the APSC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity allowing it to build, operate, and maintain the project, which involves two slack-span line segments approximately 150 feet each (0.06 miles total) of a new single circuit transmission line.

Those facilities would be built on property owned by the City of Benton, including the majority of the right of way (ROW) for the transmission cut-in to the Hurricane Lake substation, and on Entergy Arkansas existing transmission line ROW. The City of Benton owns the approximate four-acre site and would provide Entergy Arkansas ROW on which the facilities would be built, except for a small property gap located between the Hurricane Lake substation site and the existing 115-kV transmission ROW (0.02 acres).

Entergy Arkansas has secured an easement for that small parcel from the landowner. That site is adjacent to the Entergy Arkansas Mabelvale EHV substation to the Entergy Arkansas River Ridge switching station 115-kV transmission line, and includes the Hurricane Lake substation footprint.

Benton Utilities requested Entergy Arkansas provide a new 115-kV source connection to its new proposed 115/13.8-kV distribution substation, the Hurricane Lake substation, which has a projected in-service date of May 30, 2017.

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