Energy Archive

Coleman: Broadband Efforts Take Cues from Rural Electrification

by Kyle Massey 9/6/2016 03:14 pm

Today's push to expand broadband internet access is very much like the country's effort to bring electric power to rural areas during the Great Depression and World War II, electric company executive Mel Coleman says.

Whisenhunt Appeals Case Against Exxon Mobile, XTO

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/5/2016 12:00 am

The investment arm of Little Rock commercial developer Joe Whisenhunt will appeal a ruling involving allegations that it was shortchanged on natural gas royalties by Exxon Mobile Corp., its subsidiary XTO Energy and other firms.

Fiscal Pain Shared By Walter Quinn, Heartland Bank

by George Waldon 9/5/2016 12:00 am

More than five years down the road from the bursting real estate bubble, Little Rock's Heartland Bank and its largest shareholder were battered by loans related to another sector: oil and gas.

Slideshow: 9 Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Gwen Moritz 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Eight women and a congregation of Catholic nuns were the second class of inductees honored by the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame at a banquet in Little Rock on Aug. 25.

New Options for Watermill Express

by Jan Cottingham 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Watermill Express is seeking franchisees in the Little Rock area to open its water-selling kiosks.

Who'll Stop the Rain? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Businesspeople are supposed to be known for their ability to face facts — e.g., “businesslike” — and to learn from the mistakes of others. Last month's devastating floods in Louisiana provide just such opportunities.

Electric Puzzlement (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 9/5/2016 12:00 am

The rapid development and marketing of all-electric cars, accelerating in the wake of a plethora of plug-in hybrids, is changing consumer acceptance of the future-is-now concept. It is reality.

Picasolar Gets $2M for Solar Cell Technology Pilot

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2016 10:26 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2 million to Picasolar Inc. for a pilot manufacturing program connected to solar cell technology developed at the university.

Report: Texas Flouted Federal Aquifer Rules for 34 Years

by Associated Press 8/29/2016 01:27 pm

Texas allowed the drilling of oil and natural gas injection wells in some areas near drinking water sources starting more than three decades ago, but state regulators recently assured the federal government the effort posed "little to no risk" to the subterranean reserves, according to a report released Friday.

US Consumer Spending Posts Slower Growth in July

by Associated Press 8/29/2016 11:41 am

American consumers boosted spending at a slower pace in July, while their incomes accelerated slightly.

Trucking Calls Out for More Young Drivers

by Marty Cook 8/29/2016 12:00 am

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a pilot program earlier this month in which a group of military veterans aged 18-21, all of whom have to have heavy vehicle training, would be allowed to drive trucks across state lines in order to study their safety capabilities against a group of older drivers.

Wal-Mart's McMillon Tops Compensation List of 100 Arkansas Public Company Execs

by Gwen Moritz 8/29/2016 12:00 am

C. Douglas McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has returned to the No. 1 spot on the annual list of executive compensation at publicly traded companies headquartered in the state.

Broadway Bridge Will Close Sept. 28

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2016 03:58 pm

The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department says the Broadway Bridge will close on Sept. 28 for at least six months as contractor Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri, installs the new $98.4 million bridge.

Seedlings to Sawmills: Forestry Is Key to Arkansas Economy (Commentary)

by U.S. Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman 8/23/2016 10:29 am

Arkansas forestry has a total economic impact of $3.2 billion annually, with wages averaging $49,000 per year. Of the forests covering more than 19 million acres of Arkansas, only 13 percent is owned by private industry.

Aromatique Moves Debbie Isaacs to CFO (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/22/2016 12:00 am

Debbie Isaacs has been promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of Aromatique Inc. of Heber Springs. She was previously controller.

Traveling the Globe in Search of Jobs (Mike Preston Commentary)

by Mike Preston 8/22/2016 12:00 am

Over the last year, your Arkansas Economic Development Commission has traveled almost 20,000 miles around the world searching for good-paying jobs for the people of Arkansas. It's a reflection of the times in which we live. Ours is a global economy, and the competition for new jobs is no longer with surrounding states only, but with every country around the globe.

Disasters, Low Oil Prices, Shale Cause $6.4B Loss at BHP Billiton

by Lance Turner 8/16/2016 10:39 am

Battered by a devastating dam disaster in Brazil, low commodity prices and losses in shale holdings – including operations in Arkansas – mining giant BHP Billiton posted a record $6.4 billion annual loss on Tuesday.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Clean Line Transmission Project

by Kyle Massey 8/16/2016 10:02 am

Two groups representing landowners are suing to block an electric transmission line planned for delivering wind-generated power across Arkansas from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

New Public Company Debuts in State: Ecoark

by Sarah Campbell 8/15/2016 12:00 am

The merger in March of Ecoark Inc. of Rogers with Magnolia Solar Corp. of Woburn, Massachusetts, resulted in a new name on the roster of publicly traded companies in Arkansas: Ecoark Holdings Inc. of Rogers.

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Mainstream, action-oriented leadership thinkers tend to hate the idea of consensus, opting instead for rapid-fire, quick-decision meetings. The efficiency of pushing quickly for a clear path forward is hard to resist; however, it often steps over or forces underground the kind of resistance that will kill a new idea or initiative — but usually not until most of the time and money are spent.