Plant Construction Continues
For the near term, SWEPCO is continuing construction of the
"The APSC approval was overturned because the court objected to the approval procedure and not because the judges objected to the Turk Plant. We believe the Turk Plant holds the best future for long-term reliability and affordable power for our customers," Chodak said.
"Since the court's decision was announced, we have heard clear support from many stakeholders - including community leaders, business and economic development groups, and elected officials - who want to see the plant completed," Chodak said. "They realize its importance to individual customers and to the health of the state's economy."
If SWEPCO is forced to stop construction at the Turk Plant, it will cost valuable time and money. "Approximately
A CECPN is legal authorization granted by the state of
The Turk Plant has received approval in all three states served by SWEPCO. The plant also has received the required air permit. "Our efforts over the past several years have followed the standard regulatory process of each state. SWEPCO prudently followed the
SWEPCO also has an obligation to its partners. One partner in the Turk Plant is the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, which provides electricity to about 490,000 customers in
The court's decision also potentially affects the plant's construction work force, which currently stands at 723 people, about 400 of whom live in
The APSC granted SWEPCO's application for a CECPN on
The timetable for the appeal process is uncertain. If the Arkansas Supreme Court grants SWEPCO's request for review, the court may elect to accept briefs or oral arguments, but there is no specific time frame for a decision. The Supreme Court will be in recess from mid-July until after
SWEPCO's new generation projects include the 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled Turk Plant in southwest
"Together, these three plants will allow SWEPCO to continue the fuel diversity that has resulted in some of the lowest electricity prices in the region for many years," Chodak said. For example, SWEPCO's average residential rate is 13.8 percent lower than the
The Turk Plant's "ultra-supercritical" advanced coal combustion technology will use less coal and produce fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide, than traditional pulverized coal plants. The plant will use low-sulfur coal and will include state-of-the-art emission control technologies, including a design that allows for the retrofit of carbon dioxide controls. "It will be one of the cleanest, most efficient coal-fueled plants in the United States," Chodak said.
SWEPCO serves more than 473,500 customers in three states, including 113,500 in western
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in
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