The Wind Coalition, a group devoted to the development of wind energy in the United States, is attempting to intervene in the Arkansas Public Service Commission's White Bluff Docket, wherein Entergy Arkansas and the other owners of the White Bluff generating facility seek approval for environmental upgrades. According to the Wind Coalition's filings, its
members have begun acquiring land rights to potentially construct wind farms in and near Arkansas, and are willing and able to provide renewable energy in Arkansas to [Entergy Arkansas] or other companies. A Declaratory Order from the Commission indicating that the Project (which, as structrured, has no renewable generation component) is in the public interest would potentially preclude the Wind Coalition from providing such renewable energy to [Entergy Arkansas] or another entity in the future.
In addition, the Wind Coalition states that permitting it to intervene would:
- ensure that wind energy is considered on the same playing field as other types of generation such as coal, nuclear, and natural gas;
- assist in the evaluation of Entergy's price assumptions for coal supply; the capital costs of wind power; wind capacity factors; the economic impacts of joining the Southwest Power Pool; and whether Entergy considered the improved import capability from the upcoming transmission upgrades approved over the next four years;
- assist the Commission in developing a full, fair and adequate record upon which to base its decision concerning whether the White Bluff upgrades as currently structured is in the public interest.
Entergy asserted in its original petition that it "considered whether renewable generation and efficiency alternatives would be appropriate for comparison" but "concluded that it would be unrealistic to assume that either alternative" would be effective. If the APSC permits the Wind Coalition and other similar groups to intervene in this docket, submit additional evidence, and independently evaluate Entergy's analysis, would certainly go far "in developing a full, fair and adequate record upon which to base its decision regarding the proposed White Bluff upgrades.