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Buddy Hasten

Arkansas’ only nuclear power plant, Entergy Arkansas’ Nuclear One, is near Russellville on the banks of Lake Dardanelle.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Industry

Navigating Arkansas’ Energy Landscape: Solar Grows, Nuclear Shines

Buddy Hasten sees a lot of sun power in Arkansas’ future, but he also forecasts some dark moments as American utilities continue to turn away from burning coal to create electricity. read more >
Business Services / Energy

Former UA Quarterback Jason Allen Joins Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

He was hired as the organization's chief commercial officer. read more >
Education / Energy

Arkansas Studies Nuclear Recycling for Mini-Reactors

State Rep. Jack Ladyman sponsored a law in the recent legislative session, Act 259, requiring the state to investigate the technical and economic potential for recycling spent nuclear fuel rods. read more >
Energy

Cooperatives Name Bill Gossage as External Affairs Chief

Before joining the cooperatives last year as vice president of governmental affairs, Gossage was deputy chief of staff for external affairs to former Gov. Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Construction / Energy

Woodruff County Solar Set for July StartLock Icon

The cooperatives’ biggest solar project, a 122-megawatt station, is within budget and “progressing as planned.” read more >
A solar power farm installed by Delta Solar of Little Rock for the Woodlawn School District.
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Solar Debate and Emerging Law

The Arkansas House voted last Thursday to pass the legislation cutting utility credits to solar power-generating customers basically in half. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Bill to Cut Solar Panels’ Return on Investment Clears State Senate

The amended bill will essentially halve the credit that utilities pay to customers — both residential and commercial — who generate their own power. read more >
Brandon Lohse, CFO of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Energy

Electric Cooperatives Hire Brandon Lohse as CFO

Before joining the cooperatives, Lohse spent 26 years in energy and financial services positions, most recently spending nearly five years as director of investor relations for ONE Gas of Tulsa. read more >
Daron Frederick, chief information officer at Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Energy

Electric Cooperatives Name Daron Frederick as CIO

Frederick succeeds retiring CIO Robert McClanahan, who spent 42 years with Arkansas’ electric cooperatives. read more >
Dan Herrington, labor and employment lawyer with Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Energy / Legal

Electric Cooperatives Hire LR Lawyer Dan Herrington

He joins the co-op from Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Hutchinson Aide Bill Gossage Joins Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

Buddy Hasten, president and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, said in a statement that Gossage was selected after an extensive search, and that his “knowledge of Arkansas and dedication to service” will help improve lives. read more >
A lineman strings high-speed cable.
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Small Business

Have Fiber, Will Connect, Co-ops Say

Increasing access to broadband is the mission of a $1.66 billion project in Arkansas. read more >
Energy

Buddy Hasten: Broadband Is ‘Next Best Thing’Lock Icon

Arkansas’ electric cooperatives are delivering broadband access to rural and remote corners of the state just as they delivered electricity to the rugged backwoods in the 20th century. (See Have […] read more >
Energy

One Word: Energy (Editorial)

If the United States is to continue to prosper, we must work to make ourselves as energy independent as possible. read more >
Buddy Hasten
Energy

A Nuclear Navy Vet Plots Co-ops’ Course

Vernon “Buddy” Hasten thanks the service for making him an officer and an engineer. Fate and genetics made him sharp, animated and funny. read more >
Buddy Hasten, president and CEO, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. in Little Rock
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Keeping the Lights On With AECC’s Buddy Hasten

The CEO of the electric co-op is sounding the alarm about accountability and reliability in the regional electricity supply. read more >
Construction / Energy

Co-ops Look to Sun in Woodruff, Ashley CountiesLock Icon

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. CEO Buddy Hasten thinks of solar power as a part-time employee, but a valuable one. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Tourism / Transportation

Cold Rings a Bell and Sounds an Alarm

Last year’s gas and grid shortcomings echoed this month: Instruments froze, output plunged, and burn-offs spewed greenhouse gases into the sky. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Energy / Government & Politics / Public Companies

Governor Enlists Department Heads, Energy CEOs to Protect Power Grid

The goal is to avoid an electrical grid crisis like the one that crippled Texas last winter. read more >
Buddy Hasten, president and CEO, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. in Little Rock
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits

Arkansas Electric’s Buddy Hasten Talks Shop About Co-Ops

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. CEO Buddy Hasten looks at lessons for the grid and possibilities for new cooperative models. read more >