Hearing scheduled for March 2017 for proposed 115-kV line in Arkansas

A hearing will be held on March 15, 2017, at the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) in Little Rock, Ark., concerning Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (AECC) application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build, own, and operate a 6.2-mile, 115-kV transmission line in Pulaski County, Ark., to serve AECC’s member, First Electric Cooperative Corporation (FECC).

The Dec. 15 order signed by an administrative law judge (ALJ) of the APSC also noted that to date, there are no intervenors or public comments in the docket (Docket No. 16-095-U). The ALJ’s order adopted the procedural schedule proposed by regulatory staff and AECC. 

As TransmissionHub reported, according to AECC, the line is needed to connect two distribution substations – the Olmstead and Zion Hill substations – and in so doing, close a transmission loop. The line is needed to improve service reliability to FECC and its members to better serve its expanding loads in Pulaski and Faulkner counties, according to AECC.

The line would extend from the east side of the Olmstead substation in a generally easterly-northeasterly direction to the Zion Hill substation. AECC also said in its application that it determined that the best and most economical solution to provide the needed additional reliability is to build the new line to connect the Olmstead and Zion Hill substations, which would “close a transmission loop” and provide improved service reliability for the members of FECC served out of those substations and the Mountain Springs substation.

The desired in-service date is June 1, 2018, for the line, which is estimated to cost $4.5m, AECC said.

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