Despite Struggles, Arkansas Wind Industry Far From Blowing Away

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 12:00 am  

Grant Tennille

There’s no agreement, Tennille said, and it doesn’t help that no renewable source of energy can currently compete with coal.

“Layered on top of that is the explosion — no pun intended — of new natural gas as a result of fracking technology,” he said. “That has driven the price down to an all-time low, and has made natural gas a viable competitor to coal. In a lot of ways that’s good for Arkansas.”

He said that despite’s Nordex’s closure, other projects are still moving forward in the state, and even Nordex hasn’t departed entirely.

“They will continue to have a presence in northeast Arkansas between sales and service and the very successful school they run up there training people from all over the country to do maintenance and upkeep work on wind turbines,” Tennille said. “We’re hopeful that at some point, the shift takes place that allows them to feel comfortable going back into production over here. But I don’t know when that will be.”



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