Wal-Mart Files to Be Heard in Arkansas PSC's Energy Case

by Mark Friedman  on Friday, Apr. 15, 2011 9:27 am  

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville asked on Thursday to be part of the Arkansas Public Service Commission's discussions to promote conservation and energy efficiency efforts in Arkansas.

Wal-Mart said in its filing (PDF) that it is a large commercial customer that is eligible for the PSC's energy efficiency programs.  

Wal-Mart has 69 Supercenters, 10 Neighborhood Markets and 20 distribution centers, which use millions of kilowatts of electricity annually.

Wal-Mart "has experience self-directing a number of energy efficiency and demand-side management measures," the retailer's filing said.

Wal-Mart said it participated in a PSC workshop earlier this month to develop an evaluation, measurement and verification protocol and propose amendments to the PSC's rules for conservation and energy efficiency programs.

Other parties tied to the case include Arkansas Western Gas and CenterPoint Energy Arkansas Gas. 

"As a large commercial customer, the interests of Walmart differ significantly form those of other stakeholders represented at the workshop," it said.  

Wal-Mart said it wants to participate immediately as a party to the proceeding.



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