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Arkansas Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-AR)

In Arkansas, a bulk transmission developer may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to construct or operate any new equipment or a facility supplying a public service. A developer may also need a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the Arkansas Public Service Commission before constructing a major utility facility.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

Arkansas Federal

Transmission Siting: Arkansas does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission project development.
Preemptive Authority: The Arkansas Public Service Commission has primary authority over siting transmission lines by public utilities.
Regulated Entity Definition: “Public utility” for the purpose of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity includes persons and corporations, or their lessees, trustees, and receivers, owning or operating in this state equipment or facilities for…transmitting…electricity…for the public for compensation” Ark. Code Ann. §23-1-1(12) (2017). For the purpose of a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need a major utility facility is defined, in part, as an electric generation plant and associated transportation facilities capable of operating at a capacity of fifty megawatts (50 MW) or more. Ark. Code Ann. §23-18-503(6) (1973).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: A public utility may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct or operate any new equipment or a facility supplying a public service. Ark. Code Ann. §23-3-201(a) (2017), Arkansas PSC Rules of Practice and Procedure, Rule 6.01. Furthermore, any person may need a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need before constructing a major utility facility.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily mandated timeframe for approval.