by Lance Turner
Posted 8/24/2012 11:03 am
Updated 9 months ago
Entergy Arkansas Inc. of Little Rock said in filings on Friday that it has a plan to comply with conditions the Arkansas Public Service Commission set for the utility to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, and it requested the APSC grant final approval to the move.
"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the APSC, the company and interveners agree that Entergy Arkansas' membership in a regional transmission organization is the right choice when it exits the Entergy System Agreement in December 2013," Hugh McDonald, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas, said in a news release.
"We are ready to move to MISO and our plan for complying with each of the commission's conditions fully addresses the concerns underlying them," he said. "Our compliance plan is practical and achievable."
Entergy Arkansas' filing, which includes McDonald's testimony, is available in full here (PDF). In a separate filing, available here (PDF), the utility asked the APSC to find it in compliance and grant its approval to the move.
Earlier this month, the APSC set 19 conditions that Entergy Arkansas and MISO must satisfy for the APSC to grant conditional approval of the move. In McDonald's testimony document filed Friday, he addressed all 19 conditions.
The PSC's conditions include that Entergy Arkansas must:
- remain separate from other co-ops.
- remain under PSC jurisdiction.
- seek PSC approval if it decides to leave MISO.
- seek PSC approval if it decides to make changes to its transmission service for retail ratemaking.
Entergy Arkansas asked that the APSC grant conditional approval to the MISO plan within 30 days. Entergy Arkansas must have the plan in place December 19, 2013.
The filing also asks that if the ASPC denies Entergy Arkansas' request to move, the commission grant a rehearing of Entergy's case.
The deadline for moving to MISO comes as Entergy Arkansas works to exit its current power pooling arrangement with other Entergy utilities in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
MISO is an independent, nonprofit, Regional Transmission Organization that supports the delivery of electricity in 13 U.S. states. Entergy chose to join MISO over Southwest Power Pool of Little Rock.
Entergy claims the merger would save Arkansans $263 million in net present value between 2013 and 2022, as well as improve reliability and provide for "more competitive and diverse generation resources."
MISO is expected to file its own response to the APSC before Sept. 4.