SWEPCO Starts Operation of Coal Plant in SW Arkansas

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press  on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 3:30 pm  

McCloud said the company wasn't concerned there would be protesters when the plant formally joined the grid and noted that the April 13 event has been publicly announced.

"We settled with all the opponents," McCloud said.

SWEPCO, a unit of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, owns 73 percent of the plant. Other regional utilities in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas own minority shares.

The Turk plant sits on 3,000 acres between Fulton and McNab, Ark., and is using low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

SWEPCO, which serves 524,000 customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, says it is taking a balanced approach in fuel sources for its plants, using natural gas and coal.

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