Energy Archive

Your Virtual Staff Is Clocking In (Stephen Carlisle Expert Advice)

by Stephen Carlisle 1/29/2018 12:00 am

Businesses across the country have become increasingly flexible with regard to remote workers — those people who work from an off-site location on a project basis and aren't part of the company's full-time staff. It's an attractive model for employers and workers alike, and presents unique opportunities and challenges to both parties.

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 1/29/2018 12:00 am

After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors' money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out.

Brown Engineers Gets Grant for STEM Education

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 1/29/2018 12:00 am

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a one-year, $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to Brown Engineers LLC of Little Rock to develop a water engineering computer simulation.

As Scenic Hill Dedicates Clarksville Plant, Bill Halter Takes a Look at Solar Tariffs

by Kyle Massey 1/24/2018 03:18 pm

Bill Halter was out in the sunshine Wednesday in Clarksville, looking over the state's largest municipal solar array and smiling despite the reality of new American tariffs on imported solar modules.

Clean Line Shelves Arkansas Plans; Delegation Steps Up Attack

by Kyle Massey 1/23/2018 01:53 pm

As Arkansas' congressional delegation stepped up its war Tuesday on a $2.5 billion wind-power transmission project, Clean Line Energy Partners has confirmed that it has shelved plans to string the controversial power line across Arkansas.

Arkansas' December Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2018 09:47 am

Arkansas' December unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent.

Trump Sets 4-Year Tariff on Solar Imports

by Kyle Massey 1/22/2018 05:00 pm

President Trump has imposed an initial 30 percent tariff on imported solar products, a decision that the solar installation industry fought, fearing higher prices will prevent investment in rooftop arrays.

Central Arkansas Taco Bell Deals Ring Up Combined $3.8M

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/22/2018 12:00 am

Fast-food outlets in Bryant and Conway, land on the western edge of Little Rock, foreclosed property in Lonoke County, an office-warehouse in North Little Rock and upscale residential lots in west Little Rock provide this week's grouping of million-dollar real estate transactions.

Gender Diversity on Company Boards Accelerates in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 1/22/2018 12:00 am

Since November 2014, the last time Arkansas Business measured the estrogen fueling the state's publicly traded companies, the number of women directors has grown by more than 40 percent, and the number of all-male boards has been cut in half.

Women Get Foot in AEDC's Minority-Business Door

by Kyle Massey 1/22/2018 12:00 am

The Division of Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise has certified 13 women-owned businesses over three months.

Women-Owned Businesses: Arkansas Ranks 23rd in Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/22/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas had an estimated 80,400 women-owned businesses in 2017, employing 55,700 workers and generating sales of about $9.5 billion.

WLR Courtyard by Marriott Visited By $7.3M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 1/22/2018 12:00 am

An affiliate of Toronto's Skyline Investments bought the 149-room Courtyard by Marriott at 10900 Financial Centre Parkway in west Little Rock.

Lawsuits, Foreclosures Dog Investor John Lewis as Debts Pile Up

by George Waldon 1/15/2018 12:00 am

Little Rock businessman John Taylor Lewis is no stranger to debt collection lawsuits and bankruptcy court thanks to the collapse of his Ram Venture Holdings effort in 2005-06.

Arkansas Truckers Toot Horn for Tax Cuts

by Marty Cook 1/15/2018 12:00 am

The trucking industry was one of the stronger proponents of the tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law in December.

Time to Talk About Harassment (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 1/15/2018 12:00 am

The recent flood of women who have begun speaking out about behavior that ranges from inappropriate to criminal creates a lightning-rod topic for organizational leaders.

J.D. Lowery Takes Director Spot on Southern Economic Board (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/15/2018 12:00 am

J.D. Lowery of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas has been named state director for Arkansas on the board of directors of the Southern Economic Development Council of Atlanta.

Scott Durham New Board Chairman for St. Bernards Foundation (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/15/2018 12:00 am

Scott Durham, senior vice president and branch manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Jonesboro, is the new chairman of the board of directors of the St. Bernards Foundation

PSC Acts Quickly, Pushing Utilities to Pass On Tax Savings

by Kyle Massey 1/12/2018 03:12 pm

The Arkansas Public Service Commission, acting on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request, begins proceedings to determine how the utilities might pass tax savings to ratepayers.

Governor Asks PSC to Pass On Benefit of Tax Cut

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 1/11/2018 02:20 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a letter Thursday that the Arkansas Public Service Commission should, “as expeditiously as possible, take whatever steps are necessary to pass the benefit of the corporate tax cut to Arkansas families and businesses in the form of lower utility rates."

FERC Ruling Against Propping Up Coal Plants Draws Praise

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2018 02:32 pm

The FERC's decision to reject a plan to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants in a competitive national power market drew general approval from Arkansas energy stakeholders.