C & L Electric Cooperative Corporation (CLECC) is granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) to build, own, and operate a new 115-kV transmission line, according to a Nov. 9 order signed by an Arkansas Public Service Commission administrative law judge.
As noted in the order, CLECC on Sept. 7 filed the application with the commission seeking a CCN to build, own, and operate certain transmission facilities, including the approximately two-mile transmission line beginning at Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (AECC) Hermitage South switching station and terminating at CLECC’s new Hermitage substation, located in Bradley County, Ark.
The line will extend generally southeast from the Hermitage South switching station along the south side of Arkansas Highway 160 for about three-quarters of a mile before crossing the highway at the intersection of Bradley Road 54. The line then generally follows on the north side of Bradley 54 for about one and one-quarter miles and terminates at CLECC’s Hermitage substation located at the northwest intersection of Bradley 54 & Bradley 33, the order said.
A CLECC witness testified that the proposed facilities are needed to provide a transmission source for the new Hermitage substation, provide for proper voltage, and improve reliability in the Hermitage area, the order said.
The Hermitage substation is proposed to be built by CLECC in order to eliminate the existing distribution voltage level metering point to AECC on an Entergy Arkansas, Inc., (EAI) distribution line, the order noted. By eliminating the existing metering point, the area is expected to see an increase in reliability through the construction of three new distribution feeders from the Hermitage substation, which will provide additional capacity and reduce the accumulated voltage drop by utilizing larger conductors and a more direct route to the load center located east of the Hermitage substation.
The order added that eliminating the metering point will also eliminate distribution line exposure from EAI and allow CLECC to exercise more independence and control from EAI distribution operations, and provide voltage control.
The witness testified that CLECC’s Board of Directors and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Services (RUS) approved the project as part of CLECC’s 2014-2017 Construction Work Plan.
According to the witness, construction is anticipated to begin in October 2018, and be completed on Dec. 31, 2018. The order further noted that the estimated cost of the proposed facilities is $1m, and that improvements will be financed with long-term loans from the RUS.
The order noted that there have been no interventions granted in the docket, and that the commission secretary has received no public comments.
The construction of the proposed facilities is found to be needed and in the public interest, the order said, adding that there are no significant engineering or technical concerns associated with the project, and that there are no major disruptions of existing or proposed manmade property uses expected.
The location of the proposed facilities and its design will minimize the aesthetic displeasure of the construction, the order said, noting that the site of the proposed facilities is appropriate and reasonable.