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.