Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas, Inc., (EAI) on July 24 told the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) that project construction and final testing of electrical facilities in relation to its Lake Village Bagby to Reed Switching Station 230-kV Transmission Line have been completed, and that its transmission facilities were essentially completed, with substantially all final costs received as of this month.
As noted in an August 2013 order, which was signed by an APSC administrative law judge (ALJ) and granted EAI a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need (CECPN) to build and operate the electrical facilities, EAI in February 2013 filed an application with the APSC for a CECPN to build and operate a new 25-mile transmission line extending from EAI’s existing Lake Village Bagby substation to the relocated Reed switching station, all located in Chicot and Desha counties in Arkansas.
The ALJ also noted that according to an EAI witness, the construction of the electrical facilities was to be done in two phases, with the first phase (Phase I) consisting of the section from the Lake Village Bagby substation to the Macon Lake switching station, and the second phase (Phase II) to be a continuation from Macon Lake to the Reed switching station.
According to the company’s February 2013 application, the electrical facilities are needed to improve operational reliability and low voltage conditions during certain contingencies in the southeast Arkansas area. The company added that the present transmission infrastructure is insufficient to accommodate the existing demand and voltage levels under certain contingencies, and planned electrical outages for routine maintenance are highly limited.
The APSC, in an October 2013 order, said that there being no further action to be taken in the matter, the APSC secretary is “directed to close this docket.”
In its July 24 filing, EAI said that the transmission outage for the project has been concluded and that the transmission line was energized on Feb. 15.
Among other things, the company said that no major deviations in project design were required.
The final total estimated cost of the project was $26.4m, compared to the total estimated cost of $24.77m that was noted in the application, the company said. EAI noted that transmission contract labor exceeded the estimate for the project due to extra mobilization costs and work associated with returning the line to service to bolster reliability for area customers.