The Petit Jean Electric Cooperative (PJEC), in a July 27 application filed with the Arkansas Public Servcie Commission (APSC), requested that the APSC issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity allowing PJEC to build, operate and maintain an approximately 7.1-mile, 161-kV transmission line in Van Buren County, Ark.
The line would extend from the existing Bee Branch substation, run south and then west to a new Damascus substation. PJEC added that the purpose of the line and substation is to serve a new 5,000-kV large power customer, relieve substation loading, provide for proper voltage, and improve reliability in the Bee Branch and Quitman substation areas.
The line is estimated to cost about $3.1m, while the Damascus substation is estimated to cost $3m, PJEC said, adding that it would finance the construction from its general funds. PJEC said that it would apply for a loan from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in a sum equal to the costs of the construction, and its general fund would then be reimbursed by the loan proceeds.
The RUS initially approved the projects as part of PJEC’s 2015-2018 Construction Work Plan (CWP), PJEC said, adding that “Amendment 1” to the CWP modified the line’s route and substation location; the RUS has approved the amendment.
PJEC said that a 100-foot right of way (ROW) easement is required for the line.
Noting that it has investigated various routes for the proposed line, JPEC said that the selected route is the shortest reasonable route, as well as the least disruptive to existing land use and the environment.
Communication with all landowners has been accomplished to minimize adverse effects on their property and limit environmental impact. JPEC also said that substation and transmission line design would be equivalent to existing and current design aesthetics of other like infrastructure in the area.