Tagged: arkansas public service commission

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.

SWEPCO Plans to Buy $3.2B Stake in Nation's Largest Wind Farm

by Kyle Massey 7/27/2017 4:59 pm

Southwestern Electric Power Co., which provides electricity to 113,000 customers in western Arkansas, is ready to reap the wind, or at least its power, from one of the biggest clean energy projects in the world.

Stuttgart's Stratton Seed Gets PSC Approval for 1MW Solar Array

by Kyle Massey 7/13/2017 10:33 am

Stratton Seed Co. of Stuttgart plans to build a 1-megawatt solar array capable of supplying power to all 11 of its facilities in Arkansas and Lonoke counties.

Fewer Arkansans Holding Household Telephones

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

AT&T Arkansas hints in a report filed with the PSC that the number of traditional phone lines in the state is still dropping like a rock.

Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

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

An oil- and coal-friendly Trump administration is taking power in Washington, promising a real shake-up. Still, Arkansas energy observers caution against expecting a huge shift.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arkansas at Crossroads for Individual Solar

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

Solar power generated at individual homes and businesses remains relatively rare in Arkansas, but it has been growing.

New CEO Al Simpson Knows Arkansas Valley Co-op From the Ground Up

by Kyle Massey 5/30/2016 12:00 am

As the new CEO of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corp., Al Simpson has no trouble imagining himself in his employees’ shoes. For seven years as a journeyman lineman, he wore those work boots.

Utilities' Programs Offer Businesses Incentives for Saving Energy

by Jan Cottingham 11/2/2015 12:00 am

Energy is money, and businesses in Arkansas are saving both by taking advantage of energy-efficiency programs sponsored by the state’s electric and gas utility companies.

Arkansas Solar Projects Get Turn in Limelight

by Sean Beherec 8/10/2015 12:00 am

Utilities around the state are turning to solar energy-generation projects as the cost of wrangling the sun’s rays becomes more economical.

Once Bright, Wind Sector In Arkansas Founders

by Sean Beherec 7/20/2015 12:00 am

What began as a promising new manufacturing sector for the state has petered out into one the Arkansas Economic Development Commission no longer actively pursues.

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

by Sean Beherec 6/29/2015 12:00 am

In the utility industry, the ongoing pursuit of greater efficiency and reliability drives many large-scale capital improvements. From new computer modeling to upgrading building materials to maximize efficiency, utilities and operators around the state are focusing on ways to modernize the grid.

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