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Kimberly O’Guinn Leaving PSC to Join Southwest Power Pool

O’Guinn is the second of the panel’s three commissioners to depart the panel in the last four months. read more >
John Ekdahl of AEV Solar of Little Rock with a homeowner and client for a residential array in London (Pope County). Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One is visible in the background.
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Will the Sun Set on Solar’s Tax Break?Lock Icon

Solar businesses fear the toll as U.S. tax credits, now 26%, are set to fall to 22% in 2021 and to 10% for commercial projects only in 2022, barring policy shifts. 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 >
Seal Solar President Heather Nelson said that the citizens of Arkansas "fought for change, they won, and yet the fight continues to see the law implemented.”
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

4 Years in Making, PSC Ruling Pleases the Solar IndustryLock Icon

Net-metering decision, with caveats, keeps credit equal to retail power rate. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

PSC’s Long-Awaited Net-Metering Ruling Favors Solar Industry

The Arkansas Public Service Commission ended four years of wrangling over pricing rules for solar power Monday, pleasing the solar installation industry with a ruling that keeps compensation high for power put back onto the electric grid by residences and small business power systems of less than 1 megawatt. 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 >
Don Kittler of Kittler Farms in Carlisle owns the largest individually owned solar farm in the state, he says, a net metered 2.9-megawatt array east of Lonoke that will power 90% of his operations.
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Solar Projects on a Roll With PSC Ruling in Offing

Carlisle farmer Don Kittler looked out at his 18-acre field east of Lonoke, beaming at row after row soaking up the sun. But these weren’t the usual rows of corn, soybeans and rice he farms on 10,000 acres of in Lonoke and Prairie counties. read more >
Arkansas PSC Commissioners, from left: Kimberly O’Guinn; Ted Thomas, chairman; and Elana C. Wills
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PSC’s Solar Rate Decision Remains on HorizonLock Icon

Phase 1 set an expedited process for reviewing proposals for generation systems above the state’s 300-kilowatt cap for net metering. Phase II, deliberating future rate structures, has taken time. read more >
If the Wind Catcher project is ultimately approved, the builder of this wind farm in Nebraska, Invenergy LLC of Chicago, will put 800 wind turbines on about 300,000 acres of western Oklahoma.
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Wind Resistance: Arkansas OKs Big Step for $4.5B ProjectLock Icon

Ted Thomas has faced some tough decisions as an Arkansas utility regulator, but approving a massive $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project wasn’t one of them. 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).
Construction / Energy

Governor Ushers In Stuttgart Solar; PSC Chief Sees Contract as Template

"If you can follow this, you don't have to wonder if your project is going to be approved," Arkansas PSC Chairman Ted Thomas said. "We want developers and utilities to know that if they fit in this box, they're going to be good to go." read more >
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PSC Solar Hearing Has ‘Mic-Drop Moment’

After the state attorney general's office made a case Thursday to allow Arkansas utilities to essentially pay less for electricity generated by customers with solar power systems, citing language in a 2015 law, the law's sponsor begged to differ. read more >
Arkansas PSC Chairman Ted Thomas answers questions concerning the state's path forward in the wake of the EPA's Clean Power Plan final rule.
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Solar Power Rate Debate Draws Crowd to PSC

The Arkansas attorney general's office came down squarely on the side of utility companies Thursday morning as the state Public Service Commission heard testimony on whether rooftop solar customers should get less compensation for the excess power they put onto the electrical grid. read more >