Thursday, October 24, 2013
SWEPCO offers incentives for rooftop solar power, but only if you live in Texas. In Arkansas you’re out of luck. It shows they are actually capable of doing the right thing, but here in Arkansas, they have other motives... run massive amounts of power through us but not to us.
The difference may have something to do with the Texas Interconnection. It is a Regional Transmission Organization that is not as demonic (evidently) as the Southwest Power Pool. Can it be that the SPP is the real demon in all this? That SWEPCO’s not so bad after all? If that could be true, they have some explaining to do to the people of Northwest Arkansas, and some making up to do after this fiasco is over.
I am literally amazed that the judge hasn’t made up her mind by now. The two days of testimony in Eureka Springs should have helped her to understand that Carroll County is a special place filled with remarkable individuals who love this land. That alone should call for an Environmental Impact Statement that was thorough, honest, accurate and not done in such haste. That hearing alone should have helped her understand that we are wise to the intentions of the utility and SPP. They claimed again and again from day one that their proposal was only about reliability. Sure, if you think a fire hose is necessary to water your tomatoes.
We like things just as they are: trees, salamanders, bats and all, and we’ll fight like wildcats to keep things just as they are, thank you... unless SWEPCO wants to help us just as they do Texans. Rooftop solar, free for all, might help the utility to begin finding its way back into our good graces. And I only say might. It might take years for them to regain our trust.
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