Wind Resistance: Arkansas OKs Big Step for $4.5B Project This article is available only in print.

Wind Resistance: Arkansas OKs Big Step for $4.5B Project
If the Wind Catcher project is ultimately approved, the builder of this wind farm in Nebraska, Invenergy LLC of Chicago, will put 800 wind turbines on about 300,000 acres of western Oklahoma.

Ted Thomas has faced some tough decisions as an Arkansas utility regulator, but approving a massive $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project wasn't one of them.
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Following the Money Fueling Opposition to Wind Catcher This article is available only in print.

While a single wind project won't seal the fate of America's energy markets, resistance to Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s Wind Catcher project comes in conjunction with support for coal and nuclear power at the highest levels of American government.
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Landreaux Named 1st Woman to Lead Entergy Arkansas; Riley Goes to New Orleans

Entergy Arkansas' finance director, Laura Landreaux, has been named to be the investor-owned electric utility's first female chief executive, effective July 1.
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