The Arkansas Public Service Commission has determined that the installation of additional environmental controls at the Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Arkansas is in the public interest. The decision was issued today in response to a request by American Electric Power subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO).
SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) each own 50 per cent of the 528-megawatt coal-fueled plant. SWEPCO operates the facility. As a baseload unit, Flint Creek provides power 24 hours a day. It is the only baseload power plant in Northwest Arkansas.
“The Commission has done a thorough job of evaluating our request, and we are very pleased that they have found the Flint Creek retrofit to be in the public interest,” said SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer, Venita McCellon-Allen. “The Commission’s decision recognizes that the addition of new technology will allow Flint Creek to meet stringent new EPA regulations and continue providing reliable and affordable power to SWEPCO customers and Arkansas Electric Cooperative members.”