Tagged: john bethel

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.

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.

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.

Renewable Energy Crowd Hears a Power Grid Visionary

by Kyle Massey 4/5/2017 9:49 am

A complex problem like electric grid modernization comes down to creating "the sharing utility," expert Karl R. Rabago tells members of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation.

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.

Fayetteville Express Pipeline Says Tax Assessment Too High

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Fayetteville Express Pipeline LLC has filed a challenge to the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s 2014 tax assessment of its pipeline.

Seeing Green in LEDs: Technology, Efficiency Driving Increased Sales of Lights

by Sean Beherec 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Colorful lights on the Union Plaza Building or the Arkansas River bridges in downtown Little Rock are the latest installations in a series of energy efficiency projects that allow businesses to cash in by making short-term investments in lighting.

EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

by Marty Cook 7/7/2014 12:00 am

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists and power companies have split opinions on the agency's goals.

NextGen Illumination Targets Cities for LED Retrofits

by Luke Jones 10/7/2013 12:00 am

NextGen Illumination Inc. of Fayetteville, an Arkansas lighting company, is looking to gain municipal clients by offering a special no-money-down financial plan for converting cities’ lighting infrastructure to an energy-efficient model.

Power Line In Ozarks Prompts Firestorm

by Chris Bahn 8/19/2013 12:00 am

Many of Eureka Springs’ 2,100 residents have found common ground in their opposition to a proposed $116.7 million upgrade to a regional power line that will run about 50 miles through portions of Carroll and Benton counties.