Energy Archive

East-Harding's Van Tilbury on Getting Students To Climb the Ladder into Construction

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Van Tilbury is chairman-elect of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and will focus his 2015 chairmanship on issues including workforce development, education, public safety and economic development.

Fort Smith Administrator Calls Sewer Pact ‘Fair Deal'

by Marty Cook 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The consent decree, which the city's board of directors will vote on Dec. 16, requires Fort Smith to pay $300,000 in fines for past violations of the Clean Water Act and spend more than $200 million to upgrade and replace the city's sewer system in the next 12 years.

Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola.

Wal-Mart Investment in Solar Energy Transforms Industry

by Sean Beherec 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart's investment in solar energy over the last nine years has paid off not only for the company, but also for its competitors and other businesses, as its scale has helped transform the industry.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

Colette Honorable Introduced as Nominee to Energy Panel

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 11:47 am

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman of Arkansas have introduced an Arkansan as a nominee to a post on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

AEDC: LM Wind Power Paid Back $3.4M in Incentives

by Mark Carter 12/4/2014 10:43 am

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says Danish manufacturer LM Wind Power, which operates a plant in Little Rock, has repaid the state $3.4 million in incentives following a review that indicated the company had not met specified employment goals.

In Fort Smith, Water, Sewer Fees Will Double

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 07:35 am

A 12-year, $200 million plan to help the city comply with the federal Clean Water Act will come at a cost: City residents will see water and sewer fees double in the next five years.

The Gasoline Price Dividend (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 12/1/2014 12:00 am

The consequence of low prices at the pump is a gasoline dividend, which is being paid to Arkansas motorists and their households every time a tank is filled. In addition to general retail spending and the state sales tax collections that go with it, here are three specific outcomes of the dividend we should be looking for.

The Glass Is Half Full (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Arkansans and Americans in general seem to be feeling blue these days. Maybe a deluge of negative political advertising bludgeoned us into sadness. Perhaps I'm a “glass half-full” guy because I keep noticing that, nationally and within Arkansas, there are positive economic indicators.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Picasolar Gets New Funding, Works to Scale Innovative Solar Cell

by Mark Carter 11/26/2014 09:31 am

Fresh off a new round of federal SunShot Initiative funding and a $1.2 million round of equity capital, Fayetteville's Picasolar will spend the next 10 to 12 months scaling its solar cells to meet the industry standard.

High Court to Review EPA Mercury Limits

by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press 11/25/2014 04:42 pm

The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. Adds to Wind Energy Portfolio

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/25/2014 11:15 am

The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. has reached an long-term power purchase agreement with the Origin Wind Farm in southeast Oklahoma for it to provide 150 megawatts of wind energy.

EPA Delays Decision on Ethanol in Gas

by Associated Press 11/24/2014 01:27 pm

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

CEO Dan Cushman Shares 'Secret' on Turning Around PAM Transport

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Dan Cushman became CEO of PAM Transport in 2009 after the company had reported nearly $19 million in annual losses in 2008. During the past three years, PAM entered positive territory, earning $5.91 million in 2013, and it's headed to another profitable year in 2014.

City of Hoxie Deals With Sewer Issues

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Hoxie officials fear the city might have to replace more sections of an inferior sewer pipe that was installed more than 25 years ago.

John Boozman: Keystone XL to Pass in Next Congress

by Associated Press 11/19/2014 08:01 am

Arkansas Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman says he's confident the legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline project will pass the next Congress when Republicans take control of the Senate.

‘How' Is More Important Than ‘What' (Nick Brown Commentary)

by Nick Brown 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Southwest Power Pool Inc. was recently honored by receiving Arkansas Business' Benchmark Award as Arkansas' best place to work. The recognition provides further verification of the importance of culture in business. However, culture is also something I lost sight of several years ago.

Tyson Family Stock Nears $3 Billion; Waltons No. 1 On Top Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The second-wealthiest family in northwest Arkansas, the Tysons, saw their stock holdings increase by nearly $1 billion over the past year — an increase of more than 40 percent.