Arkansas Public Service commissioners heard final arguments yesterday concerning Southwestern Electric Power's proposed 600 MW coal-fired power plant. The three-member commission has heard testimony over the last two months regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed plant. The commission is concerned that the plant would have to be modified in the future to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which would result in higher utility prices.

The commission has 60 days to make their decision. The final arguments were heard just a week after Kansas regulators denied Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s application for a construction permit due to concern about climate change and global warming.