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Statement from Entergy Arkansas in Response to Attorney General's Petition on Sierra Club Settlement
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The following is a statement from Entergy Arkansas in response to the Attorney General's petition on the Sierra Club settlement:
"This settlement is in the best economic interest of our customers, our employees, our community and the company. It allows us to move forward with plans to replace these older generating plants with newer, highly efficient generation resources without incurring the expense of potentially adding scrubbers to the plants at the cost of $1 billion each. The settlement also allows us to put an end to costly ongoing lawsuits over the use of coal at the plants.
"The State Implementation Plan, which was approved by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality with the support of the Governor, had already included the same cease-to-burn coal date at White Bluff of 2028, consistent with the settlement. We do not believe it would be a wise investment or in the best interest of our customers to sink $2 billion into almost 50-year old plants. Customers are best served with an orderly transition and investment in new, more cost-efficient technology. Any costs related to new investments to replace the generation of these plants is required to be reviewed by the Arkansas Public Service Commission at the time it is proposed."