Energy Archive

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.

Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

by Kyle Massey 10/24/2016 12:00 am

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Names 4 Inductees

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/20/2016 09:17 am

The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas this week announced four new inductees to its Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Arkansas Cooperatives Apply Rural Electrification Model to Internet Access

by Sarah Campbell 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Ouachita Electric in Camden, North Arkansas Electric in Salem (Fulton County) and Ozarks Electric in Fayetteville plan to deliver internet via fiber optic cable to their members in the next few months.

Private Solar's Future in Arkansas Hinges on PSC Review

by Kyle Massey 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Decisions by the Arkansas Public Service Commission could promote solar generation at homes and businesses or even cripple it, advocates say, but the most critical rulings may not come for more than a year.

Pulaski County Wants To Catch Rays, Not Solar Catch-22

by Kyle Massey 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Pulaski County's lawyers see solar energy as an enticing way for businesses and county government itself to cut their electric bills, but they've encountered a kind of legal sunblock.

Allow Counties to Innovate (Barry Hyde Commentary)

by Barry Hyde 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Pulaski County is taking three approaches to promote innovative energy conservation and aid the development of markets for energy and water conservation and renewable resource-distributed generation for our citizens.

A Power Line to Nowhere (Julie Morton Commentary)

by Julie Morton 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Clean Line Partners has consistently exaggerated the benefits of its Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project to Arkansas.

Todd Hillman of MISO on Keeping Arkansas Within Balance of Power

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Todd Hillman is the vice president of Midcontinent Independent System Operator's south region, the company which took over the electricity transmission of Entergy Corp. in Arkansas in 2011.

At 5th Meeting, AAEA Gets Update on Energy Efficiency, Honors Steve Patterson

by Kyle Massey 10/11/2016 03:02 pm

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association honored its outgoing executive director, welcomed his successor and heard an update on advances in energy conservation in Arkansas at the trade group's fifth annual meeting and policy conference Tuesday in Little Rock.

GE to Buy LM Wind Power for $1.65B

by Lance Turner 10/11/2016 11:10 am

General Electric of Boston said Tuesday that it will purchase LM Wind Power, the Denmark manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65 billion.

Ecoark's Magnolia Solar Signs Agreement to Commercialize Technology

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2016 03:07 pm

Ecoark Holdings Inc. of Rogers says its wholly owned subsidiary Magnolia Solar Inc. has signed a teaming arrangement with India-based InSolare Energy to bring Magnolia's solar photovoltaic technology to market.

Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Would See Benefits From Clean Line Project

by Kyle Massey 10/4/2016 09:19 am

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson both spoke of benefits from the controversial Plains and Eastern Clean Line, which would carry 4,000 megawatts of wind-generated power across Arkansas.

Named Next Chief of Oil and Gas Group, Hutchinson Decries U.S. Regulation

by Kyle Massey 10/3/2016 05:40 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson was named the next chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, which promotes American-produced energy.

Talks Between Amfuel, Union Help Keep Most Magnolia Employees Through 2017

by Sarah Campbell 9/30/2016 10:00 am

American Fuel Cell & Coated Fabrics Co. of Magnolia says "a substantial portion of the workforce will remain employed" until November 2017 and "potentially beyond."

ESP Confirms Jefferson County Site For $3B Project, Citing Easement Success

by Kyle Massey 9/27/2016 02:49 pm

CEO Roger Williams says Energy Security Partners has selected land in Jefferson County as its final and official site for a $3 billion-plus plant to convert natural gas into diesel and other liquid fuels. Williams said the final piece of the puzzle was acquisition of an easement allowing river access.

Rock Region Metro Continues Maintenance Deal With Love's Trillium CNG

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/27/2016 09:21 am

Rock Region Metro of North Little Rock plans to replace its remaining 43 diesel-fueled buses with compressed natural gas buses by the end of 2025.

Volkswagen Faces Long Road in Regaining Trust

by Marty Cook 9/26/2016 12:00 am

German automobile maker Volkswagen still smarting after an emissions scandal left 2,540 Arkansans eligible for buybacks.

Solar Jobs Grow in US by 20 Percent in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/26/2016 12:00 am

In Arkansas, however, only 264 people were employed in solar jobs in 2015, putting the state at 49th in per-capita ranking of solar jobs among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Clean Line Meets Resistance from Arkansas Lawmakers

by Kyle Massey 9/26/2016 12:00 am

Despite the promise of jobs and clean wind energy for Arkansas, the Clean Line has met resistance in court and from the state's entire congressional delegation.