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Proposed Monticello East To Reed SS 230 kV Transmission Line

Proposed Monticello East To Reed SS 230 kV Transmission Line

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Entergy Arkansas Inc. is planning to construct a new transmission line and upgrade existing transmission lines and switching stations to 230 kV within the southeast Arkansas region. The current project consists of constructing a new 230 kV transmission line between two existing substations in Drew and Desha Counties.
Entergy Arkansas Inc. is planning to construct a new transmission line and upgrade existing transmission lines and switching stations to 230 kV within the southeast Arkansas region. The current project consists of constructing a new 230 kV transmission line between two existing substations in Drew and Desha Counties.

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 Entergy Arkansas, Inc.Public Open HouseFebruary 20, 2013U of A Monticello – Gibson University Center346 University Drive, Monticello, AR4 – 7 P.M.Proposed Monticello East to Reed230 kV Transmission Line
Improved Electrical Reliability in Southeast Arkansas
The areas in southeast Arkansas which include Monticello and other communities in Drew and DeshaCounties have been very successful at continuing to expand existing economic infrastructure as wellas promoting new business for the region. Entergy Arkansas, Inc. is pleased to be a part of thissuccess by providing efficient and reliable electricity to industrial, commercial, agricultural, andresidential customers that meets the regions needs today and for years to come. To supportcontinued reliability of the system, it is necessary to periodically build new structures and upgradeexisting electrical facilities to carry power from where it is generated to where it will be used.Entergy Arkansas Inc. is planning to construct a new transmission line and upgrade existingtransmission lines and switching stations to 230 kV within the southeast Arkansas region. Thecurrent project consists of constructing a new 230 kV transmission line between two existingsubstations in Drew and Desha Counties. The new line, approximately 22 miles in length, will
 
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extend between the existing Monticello East Substation in Monticello and the Reed Switching Stationin Desha County near US Highway 65. Monticello East Substation is located at 151 Downing Streetin Monticello, Arkansas 71655. The proposed new transmission line will have highly efficient andreliable terminal facilities consisting of circuit switching, and protective relaying devices at theexisting substations. These new and upgraded 230 kV facilities will enhance voltage levels andservice reliability to all the areas in Drew and Desha Counties.
Why Are the Transmission Line and Substation Improvements Necessary?
Demand for energy in the southeast Arkansas area is projected to continue to grow. The presenttransmission infrastructure is insufficient to accommodate the required voltage levels and existingdemand under certain contingencies in addition to the current growth rate projections. Thesecontingencies cause low voltages and thermal overloads throughout the southeast area. This project isnecessary to provide continued reliable electric service and voltage stability in the southeast region of Arkansas.Specifically, during certain contingencies involving the loss of area transmission lines in southeastArkansas, low voltages occur along the transmission line segment from Monticello East Substation tothe Eldorado EHV Substation. These transmission line loss contingencies are:
 
Loss of the Eldorado EHV Substation to Eldorado Quinn Substation line;
 
Loss of the Eldorado Quinn Substation to Hilo substation line;
 
Loss of the Hilo Substation to Hermitage Substation line; and
 
Loss of the Hermitage Substation to Carmel Substation line.The benefits of this project include not having to shed the load at risk in the event that contingenciesoccur during peak loading conditions and to alleviate the anticipated violation of North AmericanElectric Reliability Corporation Planning Standards.
What Transmission Line Improvements Are Needed?
The company plans to build a new, approximate 22-mile, 230 kV line from the Monticello EastSubstation to the Reed Switching Station which will involve purchasing new right-of-way. The newline will initially be operated at 115 kV and changed over to 230 kV at a later date, coordinated withother improvements to be constructed in southeast Arkansas. The company will be using the latestand most highly efficient and reliable technology available in the industry for the new transmissionline and related switching equipment which include high-voltage circuit breakers, polymer bracedpost insulation, 1200 ampere rated conductors, single modular steel or concrete pole structures, andinstallation of an optical fiber communication system for protective transmission line relay operationsat each terminal substation. The overall project facilities will provide a much needed and upgradedtransmission source that will furnish back-up power and maintenance capability to the area throughsubstations located in Pine Bluff, McGehee, Stuttgart, Helena and Lake Village, which substationsconnect directly or indirectly with the generation plants - White Bluff Steam Electric Station near
 
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Red Field, Ritchie Steam Electric Station at Helena, Gerald Andrus Steam Electric Station atGreenville, Mississippi, and the AECC Dam #2 Hydro Electric Station on the Arkansas River. Theseimprovements will protect the southeast Arkansas area from potential under-voltages and thermaloverload problems that would result from the loss of a single line contingency, and also will facilitateneeded periodic maintenance outages to the existing Entergy Arkansas transmission system.This project is being coordinated with an overall expansion of the transmission facilities for southeastArkansas that include:
 
Constructing a new 115 kV transmission line between AECC Dam #2 Hydro GenerationStation and Gillett Substation;
 
Constructing a new 230 kV transmission line between Lake Village Substation and ReedSwitching Station;
 
Constructing a new 230 kV transmission line between Monticello East and Watson Chapeland Woodward Substations; and
 
Constructing a new 230 kV transmission line between Woodward Substation and the WhiteBluff Steam Electric Station.
Transmission Line Route Selection Process
In choosing a transmission line route and related facilities, Entergy Arkansas considers severalfactors, including:
 
Input from our customers, area residents, and community leaders;
 
Proximity to existing transmission lines, other utilities, and related facilities;
 
Proximity to the customers and to the electrical load centers being served;
 
Construction costs - terrain, areas of congestion, ease of access, and length of the line allaffect construction costs;
 
Price of the land - both the land on which the terminal substation facilities are to be expandedand any new transmission line right-of-way that must be purchased. All land and constructioncosts become part of the rate base and are, therefore, eventually paid by all Entergy Arkansascustomers;
 
Aesthetic considerations and other environmental factors. We prefer to place substationfacilities where they are not highly visible and we try to minimize impacts on theenvironment;
 
We try to use existing manmade and natural corridors, property boundaries, and field edgeswhere economically feasible and electrical reliability is not unduly penalized, and
 
These considerations are consistent with rules of the Arkansas Public Service Commission,which require the company to include in its evaluations: cost, health and safety, engineeringand technical concerns, ecological/environmental disruptions, disruptions to existing andplanned manmade property uses, and aesthetics.

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