Tagged: arkansas public service commission

Louisiana Regulators OK $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

by Kyle Massey 6/20/2018 1:10 pm

Louisiana utility regulators approved plans Wednesday for a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project, acting about six weeks after Arkansas’ Public Service Commission gave its approval to the project, known as the Wind Catcher Energy Connection.

Wind Resistance: Arkansas OKs Big Step for $4.5B Project

by Kyle Massey 6/18/2018 12:00 am

Ted Thomas has faced some tough decisions as an Arkansas utility regulator, but approving a massive $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project wasn’t one of them.

Bethel's Retirement at PSC Leads to Job at Entergy Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/14/2018 2:39 pm

John Bethel, who retired last month as executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, joined Entergy Arkansas yesterday as the electric utility's director of public affairs, responsible in part for relations with state governme

Arkansas PSC Approves $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

by Kyle Massey 5/8/2018 3:09 pm

The Arkansas Public Service Commission approves a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project known as Wind Catcher, even though opponents have bashed it in an advertising campaign.

PSC's Matthew Klucher to Join Entergy in Big Easy

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/30/2018 12:00 am

Instead of joining Entergy Arkansas, an electric utility he helped regulate as the PSC’s director of rate and demand resources, Matthew Klucher has gone to work for one of its parent company’s subsidiaries, Entergy Services Corp. of New Orleans.

Meeks Keeps Solar Position as PSC Staffers Switch Gears

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/23/2018 12:00 am

Rep. Stephen Meeks of Greenbrier says a $250 donation or two could never sway his thinking on solar power or any other issue.

UA, Fayetteville Declare Support for Wind Catcher Project

by Kyle Massey 4/20/2018 11:43 am

The University of Arkansas and the city where it's based, Fayetteville, have both rallied behind a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project that has been under fire from what its supporters call a deceptive TV advertising campaign.

John Bethel Retiring as PSC Executive Director; Rate Expert Leaving, Too

by Kyle Massey 4/18/2018 8:23 am

John Bethel is retiring from the state Public Service Commission after 18 years as executive director. One of the commission's top experts on rate issues, Matthew Klucher, is also departing in an unrelated move.

Solar Leads Way as Net Metering Has Record Year

by Kyle Massey 4/12/2018 1:57 pm

More than 350 Arkansans added on-site generation systems in 2017, raising the state's number of net-metering customers from 633 to 988, a 56 percent increase.

With Solar Power Ruling Near, Law's Sponsor Backs Utilities

by Kyle Massey 3/20/2018 9:17 am

As regulators weigh arguments on how utility customers should pay for self-generated electricity, the lawmaker who helped initiate the process clarifies which side he's on: the utilities.

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.

PSC Acts Quickly, Pushing Utilities to Pass On Tax Savings

by Kyle Massey 1/12/2018 3:12 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.

Crucial Hearing in Solar Debate Is Thursday

by Kyle Massey 11/29/2017 11:54 am

After nearly a year and a half of debate on the value of rooftop solar power generated at homes and businesses in Arkansas, a day of reckoning is at hand.

After Stuttgart, Entergy Plans Even Bigger Solar Project Near Lake Village

by Kyle Massey 10/30/2017 9:14 am

Entergy Arkansas, which just completed the state's largest solar energy project near Stuttgart in partnership with NextEra Energy Solutions of Florida, now hopes to top itself with an even bigger solar facility in Chicot County.

60 Percent of Arkansas Households Now Wireless Only

by Jan Cottingham 10/23/2017 12:00 am

In 2015, the government estimated that 59.8 percent of Arkansas households had no landlines and relied only on wireless phones.

PSC to Rule on Utility Rates in Solar Energy Showdown

by Kyle Massey 10/23/2017 12:00 am

A yearlong debate over the value of self-generated electricity in Arkansas is boiling down to a duel in the sun.

PSC's John P. Bethel on Keeping Arkansas' Utilities in Line

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/23/2017 12:00 am

As executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, John P. Bethel is responsible for the direction and management of the staff of the commission, which oversees the rates and services of the natural gas, electric, water, sewer and telecommunications utilities in Arkansas.

PSC Chairman Criticizes Plan to Prop Up Coal

by Kyle Massey 10/11/2017 10:10 am

The state’s top utility regulator expressed deep doubts Tuesday about Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule to fortify the national electric grid’s “resilience” by providing cost recovery for coal and nuclear power plants.

No Catch: Lower Electric Bills Pay for High-Efficiency Retrofits

by Kyle Massey 9/11/2017 12:00 am

OECC’s PAYS program — for Pay As You Save — has erased the doubts of landlords and homeowners alike, retrofitting close to 300 homes at a cost of $1.5 million since April 2016.

Too Good, But True (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/11/2017 12:00 am

PAYS — Pay As You Save — finances energy-efficiency upgrades for OECC ratepayers and allows them to pay it back with the monthly savings that result from using less electricity.