Ark. PSC to rule on Big River Steel electricity

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Public Service Commission says it expects to rule in less than three weeks on a proposal to supply electricity to the proposed $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill at Osceola.

Entergy Arkansas told the agency on Wednesday it plans to spend $81.6 million on two three-mile transmission lines and a new substation to supply the plant.

The panel heard no objections from its staff, and the state attorney general's office also offered no opposition, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (http://is.gd/1vG8Is).

Entergy says it doesn't plan to spread the cost to other ratepayers and that the electric bills paid by the plant would cover the cost of adding the infrastructure.

The commission says it expects to issue a ruling by May 20.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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