Thursday, May 16, 2013
In a recent interview with the Eureka Springs Independent, Carroll Electric Cooperative Corp. (CECC) emphasized it is not intervening in the proceedings before the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) regarding the proposal by SWEPCO to build a new high voltage transmission line across Carroll County.
However, the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) has intervened in proceedings to support SWEPCO’s proposal. CECC is one of 17 rural electric cooperatives in the state that own AECC. CECC purchases its power through AECC.
“Carroll Electric is not a party to the proceedings being held by the APSC and is not taking a position on any of the routes under consideration,” CECC spokeswoman Nancy Plagge said. “Ultimately, the APSC will determine the route. Carroll Electric recognizes the route the project will take is of great concern to everyone involved. We equally respect the interests of landowners affected by the route, as well as the difficult challenges routing this project ordered by SPP [Southern Power Pool] through such a growing and vibrant area poses to SWEPCO.”
CECC is the largest of the rural cooperatives with 89,100 customers of the 490,000 members served by AECC.
In the petition to intervene, AECC states it is obligated to sell power to CECC and that the SWEPCO proposal will have a direct positive effect on AECC’s ability to obtain adequate transmission service to meet its obligation to deliver wholesale power to Carroll Electric.
“In 2012, AECC sold and delivered approximately 1,883,729 megawatts of wholesale power to Carroll Electric, whose load continues to experience significant growth,” the petition to intervene states. “The project will provide AECC with the opportunity to add new delivery points to Carroll Electric along its path, thus providing greater reliability and possible energy savings through reduced system losses for Carroll Electric and its member/consumers. In particular, the project will improve reliability at AECC’s 161-69 kV Osage Creek Substation, which serves approximately 25 percent of Carroll Electric’s total load.”
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