Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation on July 10 filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission an application requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity in order to build, operate, own, and maintain the proposed Baltz Lake to Ingram Substation 161-kV transmission line.
Clay County said that the line must be built to serve the proposed Ingram 161:25-kV substation, which is necessary to provide satisfactory and reliable service to expanding load and growing number of consumers, both residential and commercial as a result of the anticipated growth in Randolph County, Ark.
The proposed line would be single pole construction using 336 ACSR conductor operating at 161 kV, with overhead fiber optic guy wire, Clay County said, adding that connection from the proposed Baltz Lake substation would be established and go west for about 0.5 miles, then turn north to the proposed Ingram substation.
The proposed line would be about 7.5 miles long, Clay County said.
Certain environmental agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, were contacted to address potential impacts of the proposed Ingram Line to the environment, Clay County said. Their responses state that if best construction practices were used, negative impacts to the environment would be avoided, Clay County noted.
Noting that it would ensure that best construction practices are used during the construction process, if a CCN is approved, Clay County said that the proposed line would not have any significant impact on the environment, aesthetic pleasure, and would not cause any health and safety concerns if built along the identified route.
Clay County also noted that the costs for the proposed line has a preliminary design estimate of $7.5m.
The proposed projects have a desired in-service date of December 2018, Clay County said, adding that it requests a CCN approval by Oct. 31.