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Duane Highley

Barbara Sugg, President and CEO-Elect of Southwest Power Pool

SPP Sees More Potential Members Out West

Western utilities are looking to Southwest Power Pool for potential savings in electricity transmission, the not-for-profit Little Rock regional transmission organization said this week in a news release. read more >
Vernon "Buddy" Hasten

Vernon ‘Buddy’ Hasten Named CEO of AECC

The boards of directors of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI) have named Vernon "Buddy" Hasten of Rogersville, Missouri, president and CEO. read more >
Duane Highley

Southwest Power Pool Gains 3 Western Clients

Southwest Power Pool has signed up three big clients — including one led by a former Arkansan — for its electrical grid services in the Western United States. read more >
Bill Conine

Bill Conine Looking at 2nd Retirement from Electric CooperativeLock Icon

Retiring the first time as CEO of Petit Jean Electric, Bill Conine was pulled back in February to be interim president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. after Duane Highley departed for a job in Colorado. read more >
Bill Conine

AECC, AECI Name Bill Conine Interim CEO

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. read more >
Duane Highley, president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.
Government & Politics

Duane Highley to Leave AECC for Similar Job in Colorado

Duane Highley, president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., is leaving the power company to become CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a wholesale power supplier in Colorado. read more >
A solar field in Dawson County, Texas, by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.
Construction / Energy

Solar Plant Planned in Crossett Will Provide Power to AECC

Continuing a wave of investment in solar power by the state's electric cooperatives, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. has agreed to buy solar electricity from an 800-acre generation facility to be built near Crossett. read more >
The Benton solar field is projected to generate more than 47 million kilowatt-hours of non-emitting energy over a 25-year span.
Construction / Energy

A Giant Switch Is Thrown, And Solar Power Flows in Benton

After commissioning a five-acre sun farm for First Electric Cooperative in Benton on a bright and warm Wednesday morning, Chris Burnley said he's been on a "solar coaster" ride. read more >
Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy Partners of Houston
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Renewable Trend in Energy May Be Beyond Trump’s Grasp

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. read more >
Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville is a major power source  for Entergy Arkansas, which derives nearly 70 percent of its generation from nuclear sources. Entergy, like other Arkansas utilities, uses far less coal than it once did, and a Trump administration is not likely to reverse the trend. Coal-fired generation makes up just 4 percent of Entergy’s total. Cheap natural gas provides 24 percent.
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Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

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. read more >

AECC Acquires Access to More Wind Energy

The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation announced Friday that it has acquired access to 173 megawatts of additional wind capacity from the Drift Sand Wind and the Chisholm View II projects in Oklahoma that began commercial operations this month. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal / Manufacturing / Real Estate

Clean Line Meets Resistance from Arkansas Lawmakers

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. read more >

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Energy & Utilities

An energy and utilities resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions. read more >
Duane Highley
President and CEO of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

AECC to Add 108 Megawatts of Wind Energy

The AECC said it has reached an agreement to purchase energy from the Drift Sand Wind Farm outside of Oklahoma City. read more >
Lori Burrows
Energy / Legal

Lori L. Burrows Named VP, General Counsel for AECC/AECI

Lori L. Burrows has been named as vice president and general counsel for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. read more >
Entergy’s White Bluff power plant near Redfield faces new EPA regulation. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists and power companies have split opinions on the agency's goals. read more >
Duane Highley
President and CEO of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

Duane Highley of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas (Exec Q&A)

CEO and President Duane Highley, who joined Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas in November 2011, talks to Arkansas Business about how changing energy sources are affecting his business. read more >
Michael HendersonVice President & Chief Financial OfficerElectric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Little Rock

CFO of the Year Finalists (Large Private Company): Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson is one of a trio of men who oversee the three arms of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., a utility group that builds power plants and generates electricity; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., a utility that serves five states; and Electric Research & Manufacturing Corp., which produces and sells single- and triple-phase transformers. read more >