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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson with members of the Arkansas Council on Future Mobility (from left) Alan Mantooth, council chairman Cyrus Sigari, council members state Secretary of Transportation Lorie Tudor, state Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston and Canoo Inc. CEO Tony Aquila.
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Governor Sets Goals for Council on Future Mobility, Names Members

The council's work will “lay the foundation for Arkansas leadership in the transportation industry for decades to come," the governor said. read more >
Matt Bell, partner in Entegrity of Little Rock, foresees more distributed generation of electric power in the future, and expects a boom in solar projects to continue across Arkansas.
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Future of Arkansas Solar Starting to ClearLock Icon

Recent rulings in a five-year regulatory battle over solar energy policy in Arkansas leave two conclusions as sure as the sun rising in the east: More solar arrays are coming, and the fight over who will build them goes on. read more >
Alex Smith and Paige Witcher of MCE in Little Rock.
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Alex Smith Moves Up at MCE (Movers & Shakers)

Alex Smith has been promoted to senior associate at MCE in Little Rock. read more >
John Bethel
Energy / Government & Politics

Bethel’s Retirement at PSC Leads to Job at Entergy Arkansas

John Bethel, who retired last month as executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, joined Entergy Arkansas yesterday as the electric utility's director of public affairs, responsible in part for relations with state governme read more >
Matthew Klucher
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PSC’s Matthew Klucher to Join Entergy in Big EasyLock Icon

Instead of joining Entergy Arkansas, an electric utility he helped regulate as the PSC’s director of rate and demand resources, Matthew Klucher has gone to work for one of its parent company’s subsidiaries, Entergy Services Corp. of New Orleans. read more >
Stephen Meeks
Energy / Government & Politics

Meeks Keeps Solar Position as PSC Staffers Switch GearsLock Icon

Rep. Stephen Meeks of Greenbrier says a $250 donation or two could never sway his thinking on solar power or any other issue. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

John Bethel Retiring as PSC Executive Director; Rate Expert Leaving, Too

John Bethel is retiring from the state Public Service Commission after 18 years as executive director. One of the commission's top experts on rate issues, Matthew Klucher, is also departing in an unrelated move. read more >
John P. Bethel, executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission
Energy / Government & Politics

PSC Acts Quickly, Pushing Utilities to Pass On Tax Savings

The Arkansas Public Service Commission, acting on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request, begins proceedings to determine how the utilities might pass tax savings to ratepayers. read more >
John P. Bethel, executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission
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PSC’s John P. Bethel on Keeping Arkansas’ Utilities in Line

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. read more >
Seal Energy Solutions CEO Josh Davenport and President and COO Heather Nelson flank DeWitt farmer Tom Jacobs. Seal installed a solar array to help power Jacobs’ farm operations.
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PSC to Rule on Utility Rates in Solar Energy ShowdownLock Icon

A yearlong debate over the value of self-generated electricity in Arkansas is boiling down to a duel in the sun. read more >
Mark Cayce, Ouachita Electric’s CEO, shows off a display on the benefits of efficient lighting, a key part of the co-op’s PAYS program.
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No Catch: Lower Electric Bills Pay for High-Efficiency RetrofitsLock Icon

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. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

SWEPCO Plans to Buy $3.2B Stake in Nation’s Largest Wind Farm

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. read more >
Karl R. Rabago.
Energy

Renewable Energy Crowd Hears a Power Grid Visionary

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. read more >
Solar panels similar to these will be installed at an 81-megawatt facility in Arkansas County if Entergy Arkansas receives approval for the project.
Construction / Energy

Arkansas Solar Projects Get Turn in Limelight

Utilities around the state are turning to solar energy-generation projects as the cost of wrangling the sun’s rays becomes more economical. read more >
The Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas plant at Chaffee Crossing was built to manufacture single cell wind turbines, but the facility never entered production.
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Once Bright, Wind Sector In Arkansas Founders

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. read more >
The April 2014 tornado that hit Mayflower also did extensive damage to Entergy Arkansas’ substation there. The facility was rebuilt using the latest designs in breakers and poles.
Education / Energy / Public Companies

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

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. read more >
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Fayetteville Express Pipeline Says Tax Assessment Too High

Fayetteville Express Pipeline LLC has filed a challenge to the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s 2014 tax assessment of its pipeline. read more >
Paul James of Curtis Stout and Carl Jones from Union Plaza by the computer used to program the lights. One of the LEDs is visible outside the window.
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Seeing Green in LEDs: Technology, Efficiency Driving Increased Sales of Lights

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. 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 >
NextGen Illumination has previously installed outdoor LED lamps, like in the parking lot above, but the municipal market is a new venture for the company.
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NextGen Illumination Targets Cities for LED Retrofits

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. read more >