When will SWEPCO diversify its power-production facilities to start selling "clean" energy? If anyone didn't know why they kept building this plant despite knowing it was not environmentally sound, the "merchant" option was always their alternative plan.
SWEPCO shifts coal-fired plant to 'merchant' status
LITTLE ROCK — Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), said today in a news release that construction of the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Hempstead County will continue under an option to sell in other markets the power originally planned to serve the company's Arkansas retail customers.
The shift to the “merchant plant” comes on the heels of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s confirmation Thursday morning of its ruling that overturned the Arkansas Public Service Commission's 2007 approval of the plant.
Under the court's ruling, SWEPCO no longer has a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Turk plant to serve the company's Arkansas retail customers, the release said.
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