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The preferred route for a proposed high-voltage transmission line would cross land that’s planned for an addition to Pea Ridge National Military Park, according to Michael T. Reynolds, regional director for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Omaha, Neb.

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Arkansas, Pages 8 on 08/29/2013

Print Headline: Power line’s route would mar plans for Pea Ridge, U.S. says

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  • mpeine08272056
    August 30, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.

    Let's be very clear, Southwest Power Pool mis-applies NERC reliability standards to benefit its most powerful members, transmission/generation owners like AEP. SPP will gladly create a "need" to go with whatever plan AEP has and defend it for them during the state permitting process.

    From the Congressional Testimony of Christopher G. Miller:

    "Operation of the electric transmission grid has been expressly delegated to the Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations...the RTOs’ single-minded focus on transmission does not translate well when it comes to planning.
    [RTOs have] repeatedly stated that the only solution to electric reliability problems is to order the construction of new transmission lines. [RTOs are] limited liability corporation[s], authorized to do only what [their] members agree to. [Their] voting membership is composed of transmission companies, generators, utilities and industry insiders. When considering a new transmission project [they] does not consider whether alternatives would satisfy the identified problem nor does it consider the impact of the line on the environment, the cultural or historic properties that will be affected.

    This “transmission first” planning, combined with the generous federal incentives that are being awarded by FERC, put non-transmission energy alternatives at a marked disadvantage, even when those alternatives have lower emission profiles, a smaller footprint, lower price tag, or would create more long-term jobs."

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