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State Co-ops Help Restore Power in Alabama, Louisiana 

Seven of the line workers are from Petit Jean Electric Cooperative of Clinton, and 70 are with Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. of Little Rock. read more >
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 >
Construction / Energy

With Solar, Gum Springs Will Have 1st Energy Sufficient Hazardous Waste Site

Today’s Power Inc. of North Little Rock partners with Veolia North America of Boston to make Veolia’s facility in Gum Springs the nation’s first hazardous waste treatment site to be fully energy self-sufficient. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail

Lost Generation: Solar Power Shines Bright as Coal Plants Prepare to RetireLock Icon

New solar plants will help offset the loss of the two coal plants, which are set to close in 2028 and 2030. read more >

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 >
(From left) Kyle Heffley, Sevawn Holt and Chase Waters
Energy / Legal

3 Elected Partners at Kutak Rock (Movers & Shakers)

Kyle Heffley practices in Rogers, and Sevawn Holt and Chase Waters both practice in Little Rock. read more >
Brandon Lohse, CFO of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

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 >
Jennifer Loiacano
Energy / Government & Politics

Cooperatives Name Jennifer Loiacano as Director of Government Affairs

Loiacano started with the cooperatives as a legal intern in 2014. read more >
Daron Frederick, chief information officer at Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

Electric Cooperatives Name Daron Frederick as CIO

Frederick succeeds retiring CIO Robert McClanahan, who spent 42 years with Arkansas’ electric cooperatives. read more >
Energy / Small Business / Tourism

Utilities Offer Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses as Cold Closes In

Though most suggestions are for homeowners, Arkansas electric cooperatives and Entergy Arkansas also had specific suggestions for businesses large and small, and those suggestions rely largely on common sense. read more >
(From left) Brooke Blackwell and Kaitlyn Logan
Energy / Insurance / Legal / Real Estate

2 Join Rainwater Holt & Sexton of Little Rock (Movers & Shakers)

Brooke Blackwell and Kaitlyn Logan join as associate attorneys. 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 >
Construction / Energy

Conway Corp. HR Specialist Earns Professional Certification (Movers & Shakers)

DeAnna Smith successfully completed the training and examination necessary to earn the Professional in Human Resources certification. 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 >

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

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 >
A fallen tree rests on electrical lines Sept. 2 near Audubon Park in New Orleans.
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Transportation

Perfect Hurricane for an Age of Peril

Along with death, Hurricane Ida brought darkness to millions — a darkness that hit home for Entergy Arkansas, our state’s largest electric utility. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Transportation

Panel: Planning Key to Meeting Arkansas’ Infrastructure Needs

Many of Arkansas’ current infrastructure projects require long-term plans that can be modified as needed, four industry professionals said during the “RechARge Arkansas: Regional Infrastructure Update” webinar. read more >

Update: SPP Joins MISO in Directing Utilities to Start Controlled Blackouts

One of Little Rock's two regional transmission organizations for the electric grid said Monday that, for the first time in its history, it had directed member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of service to prevent widespread and uncontrolled power outages. read more >
Josh Davenport, CEO of Seal Solar Solutions of North Little Rock, with a demonstration model of the Tesla Powerwall. Seal has installed several of the battery units with solar panel projects and is seeing increased interest in storage options.
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Energy / Nonprofits / Transportation

Where’s Solar When the Grid Goes Out?Lock Icon

As the planet warms and storms, hurricanes, floods and wildfires intensify, backup power systems are an urgent new market in renewable energy. But take a lesson from windy, fiery California: Even if you have solar panels and sunshine, your home or business could stay dark. read more >