Arkansas ALJ order: EAI granted approval to build 115-kV line segments

Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas Inc. (EAI) is granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) to build, operate, and maintain new 115-kV transmission line segments and related transmission facilities in Saline County, Ark., according to a Dec. 5 order signed by an Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) administrative law judge.

As noted in the order, EAI in September filed an application with the APSC for a CCN, requesting authority to build, operate, and maintain the project. The proposed facilities consist of two slack-span line segments about 150 feet each (0.06 miles total) of new single circuit transmission line to provide a 115-kV connection to a new distribution substation being built by Benton Utilities for the City of Benton, Ark., the order said.

The proposed facilities would be built on property owned by the city, including most of the right of way (ROW) for the transmission cut-in to the Hurricane Lake substation, and on EAI existing transmission line ROW. The city owns the approximate four-acre site and would provide EAI ROW on which the proposed 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), the order added, noting that EAI said that it has secured an easement for that small parcel from the landowner.

As TransmissionHub reported, APSC general staff and 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 project.

Staff and EAI also requested that the APSC approve the company’s application for a CCN based upon the filed record. Staff on Oct. 28 filed the direct testimony of Clark Cotten, recommending APSC approval of the CCN application, the motion said.

According to the Dec. 5 order, the ALJ on Nov. 22 granted the joint motion.

No objections have been received from property owners in the vicinity, governmental agencies, or persons in general to the construction or location of the proposed facilities, the order said.

EAI has demonstrated a reasonable need for the proposed facilities to provide a 115-kV connection to the city, consistent with the company’s wholesale service standard with municipalities subject to the EAI Local Balancing Authority Agreement (LBA) dated December 2014, requiring EAI to perform all services and functions of an LBA by the Midcontinent ISO’s First Revised Rate Schedule FERC No. 3, the order said.

The use of single modular steel or concrete structures would be used to provide conductor dead-ends and equipment supports for the two new 115-kV transmission line segments, the order said, noting that those types of structures require nominal ROW width for 115-kV circuit design and were selected to minimize the aesthetic displeasure of the installation.

Among other things, the order said that construction of the proposed facilities is scheduled to begin as soon as possible to accommodate a projected in-service date of May 30, 2017.

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