Hearing scheduled for Aug. 16 in Arkansas on proposed 161-kV switching station

An Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) administrative law judge (ALJ), in a June 15 order, adopted a procedural schedule in relation to Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (AECC) proposed Baltz Lake Project.

As TransmissionHub reported, AECC has requested an APSC order by Nov. 1, approving a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to build, own, and operate a new 161-kV tap switching station (Baltz Lake Project) on about 6.6 acres in Randolph County, Ark., to serve Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation (CCECC).

AECC added in its May 31 application for a CCN filed with the APSC that if approved, the Baltz Lake Project would supply a new 161-kV transmission line (Ingram Line), about eight miles in length, to be built by CCECC to supply the new Ingram 161-24.9-kV substation.

AECC said that the Baltz Lake Project is required by the public convenience and necessity to provide CCECC with a new 161-kV point of delivery to serve its expanding loads in Clay and Randolph counties.

According to the ALJ’s June 15 order, to date, there are no intervenors or public comments in the docket.

Staff and AECC proposed this procedural schedule, which the ALJ adopted:
* Staff and intervenor direct testimony due July 14

* AECC rebuttal testimony due July 21

* Staff/intervenor surrebuttal testimony due Aug. 4

* AECC sur-surrebuttal testimony due Aug. 11

That schedule also calls for a hearing to be held on Aug. 16 in the hearing room of the APSC building in Little Rock, Ark., the hearing examiner added.

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