Thursday, August 22, 2013
When I read the Brian Johnson April 3, 2013 testimony I did not understand why would SWEPCO plan to take down the line at $10,000,000, dismantle the Kings River station at $500,000 and return the ROW to landowners after only 36 years of running the line.
Several questions come to mind:
- If there is a Public Need related to grid reliability in 2016, is the need gone in 2052? Maybe there is no need at all!
- Why would SWEPCO want to destroy our health, environment and economy for only 36 years of profits?
- What would landowners do with a ROW with bare land, full of herbicides, no trees, wildlife or vegetation?
There are no good answers to these questions. SWEPCO changes their story every time they need, from service to Carroll County to Benton County to Missouri and back again. APSC may approve one route simply because APSC tends to believe whatever SWEPCO come up with.
We don’t need a better grid. We need affordable, safe, simple, reliable renewable energy solutions. In fact, we have too many transmission lines and power lines; just look around your neighborhood and you will see them everywhere. Distributed systems, at point-of-use with micro grids and grid-tie systems are fail safe, elegant solutions that everyone in the world is using today. With the price of solar electrons lower than electrons from new coal plants by 2016, there is no need for transmission lines.
SWEPCO has an opportunity to withdraw their ill-conceived project. APSC must deny the entire SWEPCO application; this is the smart solution as APSC strives to protect their sworn responsibility to protect the long term benefits of the people of Arkansas. We pray APSC will have the courage to deny SWEPCO’s project, it does not make any sense.
Dr. Luis Contreras
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