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Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
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Niebaum Leaves Delta SolarLock Icon

Katie Laning Niebaum has left her post as president of Delta Solar of Little Rock, the solar development company led by Bob East and Douglas Hutchings, in an uncertain time for solar development in Arkansas. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
Construction / Energy / Real Estate / Tourism

Keeping Eye on Sparrow, and Solar Power’s Ascent

Katie Laning Niebaum is back in the energy game, working part time for a group that has established itself as a somewhat unlikely policy titan in solar power: the Audubon Society. read more >
Stephanie Osborne
Government & Politics

Stephanie Osborne Takes Reins at Arkansas Advanced Energy Association

Stephanie Osborne wouldn’t exactly characterize her first weeks as executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association as “settling in.” read more >
Entergy Arkansas received regulator approval for a 100-megawatt solar array, known as Searcy Solar. The array, similar to one in this file photo, will also be the first by a utility in Arkansas to feature battery storage, 10 megawatts' worth.
Government & Politics

PSC Disapproves Entergy’s Revised Solar Power Offering

Entergy Arkansas suffered another regulatory setback Friday in its bid to offer discount solar power to local governments, schools and non-taxed entities like water systems. read more >
Entergy Arkansas received regulator approval for a 100-megawatt solar array, known as Searcy Solar. The array, similar to one in this file photo, will also be the first by a utility in Arkansas to feature battery storage, 10 megawatts' worth.
Government & Politics

Entergy Promotes a Revised Solar Purchase Option, Expecting PSC Approval

Just weeks after state regulators rejected an Entergy Arkansas plan to sell solar power at lower rates to customers like cities, counties and school districts, Arkansas' largest electric utility has submitted a revised plan for approval. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
Government & Politics

Niebaum Leaves AAEA, for 2 Good Reasons

Katie Laning Niebaum has left the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and is set to give birth to identical twin girls any minute. read more >
Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s Little Rock headquarters.
Government & Politics

Utilities, Allies Contest Landmark Net Metering Ruling

Entergy Arkansas has asked for a rehearing of last month’s state regulatory decision to keep compensation at retail levels for power put onto the grid by customers with solar generation systems interconnected to utilities under net metering. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.

Advanced Energy Association Welcomes Net Metering Ruling

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association expressed approval of state regulators’ decision last week on solar power policy, describing an Arkansas Public Service Commission ruling “a clear economic winner in Arkansas.” read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas’ Solar Systems Reach Record as PSC Ruling Nears

Home and business solar power system installation soared last year in Arkansas, which added a record 812 new net-metering customers between Jan. 1 and the end of the year. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
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Solar Jobs on the Line, Insiders FearLock Icon

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking economic havoc, former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter fears a long-awaited state ruling on solar power policy could threaten $125 million in projects by his firm alone. read more >
This solar power array by Scenic Hill Solar powers Clarksville Connected Utilities, the Johnson County city’s municipal utility.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Technology Helps Power Arkansas’ Economy (Katie Laning Niebaum Commentary)

The advanced energy economy is an increasingly important economic engine in Arkansas. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Entergy Arkansas Inc. CEO Rick Riley and others at the commissioning of the Stuttgart Solar Energy Center in Almyra (Arkansas County).

Entergy, Solar Advocates Stake Their Positions as Rate Case Winds Down

With a final public hearing Wednesday, the Arkansas Public Service Commission appears to be within weeks of ruling on what compensation solar-generating customers should get from power companies. read more >
Mark Cayce is the general manager of Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Camden. OEC and South Arkansas Telephone company have teamed up to help provide high-speed internet in rural south Arkansas were in many places, dial-up is the only option.
Construction / Government & Politics

At Advanced Energy Event, Solar Power Fuels a Surprise Rate-Cut Plan

Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. of Camden will seek the state's first utility-wide electricity rate decrease tied to savings from solar power. read more >
State Sen. David Wallace, R-Leachville (right), with Katie Laning Niebaum, director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, and Alan Hope, CEO of Powers of Arkansas.
 
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Advocates, Audubon Trumpet Bill to Let Nonprofits Reap Savings

Adam Fogleman, Pulaski County's attorney, a wide-ranging coalition of counties, environmentalists and renewable energy industry players back new net metering legislation. read more >
Builder Keith Wingfield at a net-zero, high-efficiency home powered by solar panels that he built at 2501 N. Pierce St. in Little Rock.
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing

Little Rock Conference, Awards Honor Green Builders

The U.S. Green Building Council is honoring Arkansas companies this week with awards for energy efficiency and environmental design, including the annual Arkansas Green Tie Awards. read more >
Construction / Energy

Solar Leads Way as Net Metering Has Record Year

More than 350 Arkansans added on-site generation systems in 2017, raising the state's number of net-metering customers from 633 to 988, a 56 percent increase. 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 >
Ken Smith
Energy / Government & Politics

Ken Smith Retiring as AAEA Policy Director

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association surprised Policy Director Ken Smith with recognition on Tuesday, and he surprised everyone else with the news that he will be retiring. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum
Energy

Advanced Energy Has Its Day at Capitol

It was Arkansas Advanced Energy Day at the state Capitol, and Sen. Garry Stubblefield was speaking to the state’s top energy efficiency and renewable power companies, but he had to hold to his priorities. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum
Energy / Government & Politics

Advanced Energy Association Sets 2017 Priorities

Improving Arkansans' access to low-cost financing for energy efficiency projects and removing barriers to the spread of homemade renewable energy are among the legislative priorities announced by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association. read more >