Energy Archive

ASU Partners with Johnson Controls On Energy Initiative

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2016 03:40 pm

Johnson Controls and Arkansas State University have signed a $15 million energy performance contract that will advance the university's sustainability initiatives.

Sierra Club Asks Entergy to Shut Down White Bluff, Independence Plants

by Alexis Hosticka 2/24/2016 10:18 am

The Sierra Club on Tuesday released the “2016 Arkansas Clean Air Solution,” a plan to clean up air pollution from coal plants owned by Entergy Arkansas that outlines a solution to meet federal clean-air safeguards under the Regional Haze Rule.

Andrew Card Joins Energy Firm Led by Wesley Clark, Rodney Slater

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/22/2016 12:00 am

Not only is Energy Security Partners led by Clinton-era Democrats Rodney Slater and Wesley Clark, but Andrew Card, former chief of staff for George W. Bush, will join the board.

Little Bird Systems of Fayetteville Puts 'Internet of Things' to Industrial Use

by Marty Cook 2/22/2016 12:00 am

Bryon Western and Edgar Cilio of Little Bird Systems bonded over taekwondo, work for chicken feed and love figuring out ways to work on the “Internet of Things.”

American Silica LLC on Target to Open in Black Rock

by George Jared 2/19/2016 10:49 am

American Silica LLC will employ at least 50 workers at its new processing plant, which is now under construction in Lawrence County.

Firm Led by Clark, Slater Eye Jefferson County for $3B Energy Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2016 11:44 am

An energy company led by retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater is considering Jefferson County among possible sites for a $3 billion natural gas-to-liquid plant.

Unemployment Falls in Arkansas Metros in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment in Arkansas' metropolitan areas has fallen significantly in the last year, notes Michael Pakko, an economist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 28th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

First Electric Adds Solar With Today's Power

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2016 02:06 pm

First Electric Cooperative of Jacksonville recently entered into a service agreement with Arkansas-based Today's Power Inc. (TPI) to install a one-megawatt AC solar array.

Arkansas Sees Volume, Value of Biggest Deals Drop

by Jan Cottingham 2/8/2016 12:00 am

The value of mergers and acquisitions last year reached a record high worldwide and in the United States, but Arkansas was a different story. The known value of big deals in the state — those worth $9 million or more — fell 53 percent in 2015 compared with 2014, to $8.8 billion compared with $16.6 billion.

Personal Income in Arkansas Metro Areas See Increase

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/8/2016 12:00 am

The eight metropolitan areas of Arkansas reported increases in local area personal income in 2014, with growth ranging from 1.6 percent in Pine Bluff to 4.1 percent in Fort Smith.

UALR Helping Defuse Terrorism Recruitment

by Mark Carter 2/8/2016 12:00 am

Perpetrators of violent extremism successfully recruit potential members through social media, and a campaign including a team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is underway to counter their efforts.

Murphy USA to Sell CAM Pipeline for $85M; 4Q Income Down 32 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 2/4/2016 09:24 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado on Wednesday announced fourth-quarter net income of $66.7 million, down 32 percent from $98.3 million in the same quarter in 2014.

Murphy USA Plans for Growth Without Wal-Mart

by Joan Hershberger, El Dorado News-Times 2/1/2016 07:52 am

Murphy USA's newest direction came as the result of Wal-Mart's decision to develop its own gasoline program. But the abrupt change in the business relationship did not catch Murphy USA CEO Andrew Clyde unprepared.

Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers

by Mark Friedman 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled in December that a woman who was fired for posting “arguably” critical comments about her employer on Facebook could receive unemployment benefits. It's the latest decision in an escalating legal war between employment and social media.

EPA: Crittenden County Meets Ozone Standard

by Mark Carter 1/28/2016 02:56 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to approve a state request to designate Crittenden County in northeast Arkansas as having met the federal 2008 ozone standard.

4Q Loss Brings Murphy Oil's Red Ink to $2.2B in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2016 04:22 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $587.1 million, or $3.41 per share, leading to an annual net loss of $2.2 billion, or $13.03 per share. CEO Roger Jenkins said the firm will focus on keeping operating costs low to weather low oil prices.

Southwest Power Pool Adds 2 New Board Members

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2016 11:01 am

Graham Edwards and Bruce Scherr were elected to the SPP board at a meeting in Oklahoma City. The appointments are effective immediately, the company said, and expand the board to nine members.

Amanda Mathis Steps Up at Natural Resources Conservation Service (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Amanda Mathis, formerly the district conservationist in Berryville and Searcy, has been named assistant state conservationist for the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Little Rock.

Mark Barnett To Lead EGP in New Jonesboro Office (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Mark Barnett Jr. has been hired to lead the new Jonesboro location of EGP PLLC Certified Public Accountants & Consultants. As branch director, Barnett will spearhead the firm's efforts in accounting, auditing and financial consulting services for businesses and individuals.