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Lots of folks across the Ozarks are wondering just why it is, after more than a year of arguing the supposed need for its proposed mega-voltage transmission line, SWEPCO has asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to suspend its final reconsideration on approval for another six months.

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  • LContreras
    July 12, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

    Dear Mike,

    The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon dioxide reduction regulations are finally reminding everyone, coal by wire is no longer an option. There are other sources of energy and simple ways to reduce energy consumption and waste.

    Coal electrons are not low-cost. They are artificially priced as if coal were a free resource, with over 100 years of subsidies, from mining, railroads and having the general public pay for the cost of deaths and poor public health: coal miners and climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions.

    Transmission lines are used to sell coal electrons at far away markets at a profit. Business as usual is no longer an option. We have new rules: no new transmission lines.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    July 12, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

    LeanDoc, if you feel that strong about it, disconnect your power service.

  • LContreras
    July 13, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.

    Dear Mike,

    Under the spell of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a planning agency charged with the expansion of the electric Grid, utilities love to build transmission lines with a guaranteed 12.6 percent profit, even if the project is abandoned. AEP is no longer involved in power generation; it is shutting down coal plants and “siting” as many 345 kV lines as they can, using helicopters and heavy machinery with expert crews that move from project to project and eminent domain lawyers tagging along for the kill.

    What other legal ways do you know today to make a 12.6 percent guaranteed profit?

    There is no need for a third pitch, APSC has the power to end the game today and send SWEPCO and SPP away from the Ozarks.

  • LContreras
    July 14, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

    Dear Mike,

    Kudos to our APSC Commissioners: having to decide the future of the Ozarks, they took the time to take a fresh look at reams of documents, and had the wisdom and courage to vacate the order to build a line using Route 109.

    APSC does not get the credit they deserve; they get blamed for a broken system that needs to change. Legislators need to take action to promote local solar power generation and slow climate change caused by coal plant pollution. 21st century technology will create thousands of safe, high paying jobs. Coal plants employ a handful of people working in old facilities that would not pass an OSHA inspection.

    APSC recommended natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the 35 year old SWEPCO coal-fired Creek Flint plant. In the end, we got scrubbers for $408 Million that should be stopped today. In 2016, when they become operational, Flint will NOT meet EPA pollution standards, a waste of ratepayer’s money.

    APSC tried to stop the SWEPCO coal Turk Plant built near Texarkana. In the end, Arkansas got 100 percent of the pollution and coal ash, lost 3,000 acres of pristine landscape, and gets no electric power. All the electric power goes to Texas and Louisiana. Thanks a lot, SWEPCO!

    AEP and SWEPCO for decades have abused the good people of Arkansas, showing no respect as if it were a third world Banana Republic. SWEPCO lobbyists and lawyers are paid to do the dirty work, and they will do anything for SWEPCO.

    Not any more. Two strikes, you are out!

  • LContreras
    July 14, 2014 at 2:18 p.m.

    Dear Mike,

    With no information from SWEPCO, it is impossible to understand why SPP wants a transmission line from point A to point B.

    It is not really a question of what, but “Who benefits from building the line, who pays for the line, and who losses?” The answer is easy: SPP and AEP / SWEPCO win, Arkansas looses.

    1. SPP wants more lines; that gives them something to do and job security.

    2. AEP / SWEPCO make a guaranteed 12.6 percent profit building transmission lines. SPP tells SWEPCO to build the line and the on-service deadline. SWEPCO chooses the routes and tells APSC how much it will cost to build the line. No one else bids for the job. SWEPCO does not need to disclose details; if anyone asks for data, APSC approves the SWEPCO request stating their planning data is highly confidential.

    3. 345 kV transmission lines are used to sell Arkansas electrons out of state, at a profit. Arkansas gets all the carbon dioxide pollution emissions and toxic coal ash from the SWEPCO plants, pays for the line, gives up over 900 acres of private property, and gets no benefits.