Hearing scheduled in December for 161-kV line in Arkansas

A hearing will be held on Dec. 5 in the hearing room of the Arkansas Public Service Commission building in Little Rock, Ark., concerning Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) to build, operate, own, and maintain a 161-kV transmission line in Randolph County, Ark.

As TransmissionHub reported, Clay County, in its application filed on July 10 filed with the commission, said that the proposed Baltz Lake to Ingram Substation 161-kV transmission 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.

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.

Clay County in August filed with the commission an amended application because the landowners were originally notified using inaccurate maps.

Clay County also said in that August filing that it would ensure that best construction practices are used during the construction process, if and only after a CCN is approved. Therefore, Clay County said, 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 said that the costs for the proposed 7.5 miles of line has a preliminary design estimate of $7.5m.

The proposed project has a desired in-service date of December 2018, Clay County said, adding that it requests a CCN approval by Oct. 31.

As noted in the Sept. 12 order about the December hearing that was signed by an administrative law judge, Clay County filed direct testimony in the docket (Docket No. 17-026-U) in July. The direct testimony, exhibits, or documentary evidence to be filed by the commission General Staff and any intervenors is to be filed by Oct. 10, the order noted. Any rebuttal testimony, exhibits, or documentary evidence to be filed by Clay County is to be filed by Oct. 24, the order said.

Any sur-rebuttal testimony, exhibits, or documentary evidence to be filed by staff and any intervenors is to be filed by Nov. 7, while any sur-sur-rebuttal testimony, exhibits, or documentary evidence to be filed by Clay County is to be filed by Nov. 21, the order said.

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