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AECC, AECI Name Bill Conine Interim CEO

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Bill Conine, CEO of Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Corp. of Clinton, is stepping in as interim chief executive of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. of Little Rock.

Conine fills a void left by Duane Highley, who took a cooperative job in Colorado after seven years in Little Rock. AECC, which generates and transmits power to the state’s 17 distribution co-ops, and AECI, which provides services to them, is conducting a nationwide search for a permanent president and CEO.

Highley will be the new CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a wholesale power supplier in Westminster, Colorado. He will assume official duties there on April 5, he told Arkansas Business.

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