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SWEPCO withdraws plans for $116 million power line

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Southwestern Electric Power Co. says it is withdrawing its application to build a 50-mile-long, high-voltage power line through northwest Arkansas.

The Louisiana-based company says it withdrew its application for state regulatory approval of the $116 million power line on Tuesday.

In a statement, the company says the Southwest Power Pool had notified it that the project was no longer needed due to lower demand and the cancellation of several large, long-term transmission service reservations. A new study had determined the transmission line was not needed to maintain reliability in the northern Arkansas and southern Missouri areas.

The proposal had encountered strong opposition, particularly in the Eureka Springs area of Carroll County.

SWEPCO serves more than 524,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle.

In related news, Southwestern Energy expands in Marcellus and Utica.

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