Energy Archive

Big River Steel Mill Rises in Northeast Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 11/16/2015 12:00 am

The construction of the Big River Steel mill is a project defined by superlatives: at $1.3 billion, the biggest economic development project in Arkansas history; at $700 million, the biggest construction project in the state; one of the most technologically advanced, etc.

National Flood Insurance Program Helps Protect Arkansans

by Marty Cook 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Residents of NFIP communities are eligible to buy flood insurance from the federal government at premiums dictated by factors that include what kind of floodplain the structure is located on and how elevated the structure is.

In Congress, Arkansas Lawmakers Want Energy Department to Slow Clean Line Review

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/5/2015 02:02 pm

Arkansas' congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Energy to slow the review process for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.

Jury Awards Lion Oil $72M in Insurance Claim Fight

by Mark Friedman 11/5/2015 10:42 am

A jury in El Dorado awards $72 million to Lion Oil Co., which accused its insurance carriers of not paying the multimillion dollar claim tied to a months-long interruption of work at its El Dorado refinery.

Better Fuel Margins Aid Murphy USA 3Q Profit

by Lance Turner 11/5/2015 10:10 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a slight decline in third-quarter net income, but income from continuing operations rose in part on better margins on retail fuel sales.

Court Gives EPA Deadline in Regional Haze Plan

by Mark Friedman 11/3/2015 04:10 pm

A U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas ruled Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency has until Aug. 31 to approve a regional haze plan for Arkansas, which the Sierra Club said should have been done years ago.

Murphy USA to Sell Texas Ethanol Plant for $94M

by Lance Turner 11/3/2015 07:21 am

Green Plains Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska, agrees to buy an ethanol production facility in Hereford, Texas, owned by Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado, for $94 million.

Here's North Little Rock's Top 10 Electric Customers for 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

North Little Rock Electric's annual report for bondholders, which contains its revenue and the kilowatt hours sold, also includes a list of the city's top 10 electric customers and how much they paid to keep the lights on.

Utilities' Programs Offer Businesses Incentives for Saving Energy

by Jan Cottingham 11/2/2015 12:00 am

Energy is money, and businesses in Arkansas are saving both by taking advantage of energy-efficiency programs sponsored by the state's electric and gas utility companies.

Entergy Rolls With Industry Changes in Coal, Gas, Solar

by Marty Cook 11/2/2015 12:00 am

In the past six years, Entergy Arkansas has made acquisitions that are part and parcel of a $2.4 billion investment in improvements in generation, distribution and transmission projects through 2017.

Leslie Rutledge Engages EPA in Legal Battles

by Mark Friedman 11/2/2015 12:00 am

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced last week that Arkansas would join a multistate lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's new rule on ozone, the sixth legal battle she has entered with the federal agency since taking office in January.

Entergy's Rick Riley on Keeping Costs Low, Power Lines High

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

Rick Riley is scheduled to become president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas on the retirement of Hugh McDonald in 2016.

Renewable Energy in the U.S. Hits 9.8% of Consumption

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

In 2014, renewable energy comprised 9.8 percent of total energy consumption in the United States.

Update: Murphy Oil Reports $1.6B 3Q Loss, Will Cut Workforce

by Lance Turner and Mark Carter 10/29/2015 02:23 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a third-quarter loss of $1.6 billion, or $9.26 per share, and said it will cut its workforce by 23 percent.

Heartland Fund Wins Investment Award for Blue Oak Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/28/2015 11:16 am

Heartland Renaissance Fund of Little Rock, an affiliate of Arkansas Capital Corp., has received the 2015 Non-Metro Qualified Low Income Community Investment of the Year Award for its investment in Blue Oak Arkansas, an e-waste recycling project.

Power Technology Installing Laser Projection System at Robinson Theater

by Mark Carter 10/27/2015 11:18 am

The theater will be the first in Arkansas to use a laser light engine for cimema projection and one of just a few cinemas in the world powered by laser light.

Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment

by Nichola Groom, Reuters 10/21/2015 07:27 am

Battles over the placement of power lines are an emerging problem for the U.S. clean energy industry, which casts itself as a friend of the environment but suddenly finds itself vilified by landowners.

Wal-Mart Exec to AAEA: We're Working to Reduce Energy Footprint

by Mark Carter 10/20/2015 02:22 pm

Wal-Mart is committed to renewable energy and has implemented measures to further reduce its energy footprint, its vice president for energy told the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Tuesday.

After Sentencing, Parks Drops Suit Against Feds

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/19/2015 12:00 am

Stephen Parks recently dropped his lawsuit against the IRS agents who, way back in 2012, raided his Heights neighborhood home and the Little Rock corporate headquarters of his business, King Coal LLC.

Electric Research & Manufacturing Cooperative Signs with Today's Power Inc.

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/15/2015 02:07 pm

Today's Power Inc. has reached an agreement to provide two-250 kilowatt AC solar arrays for Electric Research & Manufacturing Cooperative (ERMCO) at its transformer manufacturing facility in Dyersburg, Tennessee.