CECC plans new line, substation in Arkansas

Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC), in a Sept. 25 application, requested that the Arkansas Public Service Commission issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity allowing CECC to build, operate, and maintain certain transmission and substation facilities in Benton County, Ark.

The new transmission line would begin at a point on the Hiwasse-Cannich transmission line in Section 25, Township 20 North, Range 32 West, Benton County, and end at the proposed Herbaugh substation in Section 29, Township 19 North, Range 31 West, Benton County.

CECC added that its loads and service reliability requirements continue to grow rapidly in the I 49 corridor area of Benton County, and to provide for those needs, it needs to build the new line and new Herbaugh substation.

While the line would initially be operated at 69 kV, it would be built for future operation at 161 kV, CECC said, noting that the higher operating voltage is anticipated to be required in the future as electric loads continue to grow.

The line would be about 1.8 miles long and would require new easements 100’ in width, CECC said. CECC already owns the property on which the substation would be built.

CECC also said that the estimated cost of the line would be $1.2m, and about $1.9m for the substation. CECC noted that it would finance the construction from its general funds and that it is anticipated that it, at an appropriate time, would apply for a loan from the Rural Utilities Service in a sum equal to the costs of the construction; CECC’s general fund would then be reimbursed by the loan proceeds.

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