Hearing concerning CECC’s proposed 161-kV project canceled in Arkansas

CECC and Arkansas Public Service Commission staff in May filed a joint motion requesting that the commission rule on the merits of CECC’s CECPN application without a hearing based upon the written record that exists and grant all other relief to which the parties may be entitled

A hearing scheduled for June 20 regarding Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (CECC) proposed 161-kV transmission line project is canceled, and a ruling on the matter will be made on the evidentiary record, according to a June 12 order signed by an Arkansas Public Service Commission administrative law judge.

As noted in the order, CECC on Feb. 18 filed an application with the commission seeking a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need (CECPN) to build and operate about 14 miles of new 161-kV transmission line between CECC’s planned Green Forest substation in Carroll County, Ark., and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (AECC) planned Long Creek substation in Stone County, Mo.

As TransmissionHub reported, CECC and Arkansas Public Service Commission staff on May 22 filed a joint motion requesting that the commission rule on the merits of CECC’s CECPN application without a hearing based upon the written record that exists and grant all other relief to which the parties may be entitled.

The June 12 order noted that the joint motion stated, in part, that staff on May 17 filed the direct testimony of Jeffrey Roberts, who recommended commission approval of the application; there are no other parties in the docket. The order also noted that CECC stated that it is authorized on behalf of the counsel for staff to advise the commission of the parties’ mutual desire to waive the hearing.

As reported, the line would originate from the Green Forest substation located near Green Forest, Ark., and extend north through Carroll County to the Long Creek substation near the existing switch structure of CECC’s JJ Tap 69-kV transmission line, about two miles east of Blue Eye, Mo., in Stone County. CECC added in its February application that the design of the proposed electrical facilities would be CECC’s standard insulated 161-kV overhead, three-phase, shielded transmission line design, primarily using a Delta conductor configuration on single-pole, steel structures within a new 100-foot right of way (ROW).

The proposed route was selected based on a routing analysis study taking into consideration all alternative routes, feedback gathered from the public at an open house event, and discussions with landowners directly affected by the proposed route, CECC said.

The proposed electrical facilities are needed to address voltage fluctuations and resulting low voltages that occur in the northeastern area of CECC’s service territory; regions located in northeastern Carroll County and south of Table Rock Lake in Stone County. CECC added that the proposed electrical facilities also address concerns of reliability and regional capacity in areas where CECC has seen a growth in energy demand.

The estimated cost of the proposed electrical facilities is $9m, which includes the costs associated with clearing and building the primarily single steel pole transmission structures, CECC said.

Among other things, the filing noted that pending commission approval, CECC plans to begin clearing in 4Q19; construction would begin in early 2020, and complete prior to the end of 2020.

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