Staff for TX utility commission says no to new SWEPCO power plant

FULTON, AR (KSLA) - Staff members for the Texas Public Utility Commission says state regulators should say no to a request for a new power plant in the Ark-La-Tex.

Southwestern Electric Power Company needs approval from the Texas PUC to build a $1.5 billion coal-fired power plant near Fulton, AR. SWEPCO customers in Texas would pay an extra $59 million a year for the plant's construction.

This is the second time staff members for the Texas PUC have rejected the request. However the staff member's recommendation is not binding. A final judgment from the three-member commission is expected on July 3rd.

SWEPCO has 112,000 customers in Arkansas and 340,000 customers in Louisiana and Texas.