Tagged: arkansas advanced energy association

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.

Efficiency Summit to Give Public Entities Ways to Save Energy

by Kyle Massey 6/13/2018 1:49 pm

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are partnering to give energy service providers a forum for offering tips, exhibits and insights on energy conservation possibilities.

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.

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.

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.

FERC Ruling Against Propping Up Coal Plants Draws Praise

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2018 2:32 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.

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.

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.

Here Comes The Sun (Editorial)

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

We look forward to the day when solar energy — safe, clean and renewable — becomes a major source of power. That day’s not here yet, but it’s coming closer.

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.

Picasolar CEO Doug Hutchings Has Big Reason for Staying in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2017 12:00 am

The CEO of Fayetteville startup Picasolar says one anchor is a new capital campaign to raise $3 million for his business, which uses advanced techniques to improve solar cells and reduce their costs.

In Win for Solar, PSC Allows Grandfathering for Net Metering Customers

by Kyle Massey 3/15/2017 11:50 am

In a significant decision for solar energy, Arkansans who now get credit on their utility bills for electricity they generate at their homes and businesses will be able to continue at current rates for 20 years.

Ken Smith Retiring as AAEA Policy Director

by Kyle Massey 3/14/2017 4:57 pm

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association surprised Policy Director Ken Smith with recognition on Tuesday, and he surprised everyone else with the news that he will be retiring.

Advanced Energy Association Sets 2017 Priorities

by Kyle Massey 1/12/2017 3:42 pm

Improving Arkansans' access to low-cost financing for energy efficiency projects and removing barriers to the spread of homemade renewable energy are among the legislative priorities announced by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association.

Renewable Trend in Energy May Be Beyond Trump’s Grasp

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Donald J. Trump won the presidency after a campaign largely negative to renewable sources like solar and wind power, but forces in favor of cleaner power could prove even bigger than The Donald.

PACE Financing Allows Aldersgate Apartments To Put Costs on Tax Bill

by Kyle Massey 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Pulaski County has given green building projects a lucrative green light, and developers of a west Little Rock apartment project have hit the accelerator.

Entergy Makes Offer of Synergy to Solar Proponents

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2016 12:00 am

As the Arkansas Public Service Commission wrangles over rules for putting home-generated electricity onto the grid, the biggest news for Pulaski County may be that it could find a path to net metering despite Entergy’s opposition to its legal arguments.

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.