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Government & Politics

State, Utilities Look at Costs and Lessons of Grid Emergency

As Gov. Asa Hutchinson orders a state inquiry into how Arkansas’ electricity grid performed in February’s record cold snap and power generation crisis, Arkansas utilities plot ways to ease impacts on customers resulting from fuel price spikes during the emergency. read more >
Arkansas Electric Cooperatives CEO Buddy Hasten and Kurt Castleberry of Entergy Arkansas agree that reliable planning with utility partners helps keep power debacles from happening, such as the one last week in Texas.
Government & Politics

How Arkansas Avoided Texas’ Fate in Grid Crisis

As utilities and authorities investigate why millions of Texans were left without power last week, Arkansas power experts are looking for lessons in the debacle, and explaining how Arkansas and other states largely avoided Texas’ fate. read more >
Buddy Hasten

Electricity Crisis Not Over, Hasten and Castleberry Say

Two of Arkansas' leading electric utility executives say the state is "not out of the woods yet" after limited cold-weather blackouts mandated in emergency orders by the two regional transmission organizations based in Little Rock. 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 >
Construction / Energy / Real Estate

Arkansas and Energy: A Business Convergence

The stars, and particularly that fiery ball just 92 million miles from us, have aligned for Arkansas Business’ debut column on energy, a new monthly feature. read more >
Bert Finzer of Midcontinent Independent System Operator in Little Rock
Business Services / Energy

Finzer Moves to MISO (Movers & Shakers)

Bert Finzer has been hired as customer management adviser at Midcontinent Independent System Operator in Little Rock. read more >
Construction / Manufacturing

SPP, MISO Partner to Study Improving Coordination Where Grids Meet

Two regional power transmission organizations with a significant presence in Little Rock will partner in a yearlong study of how to increase efficiency and decrease costs in areas where their boundaries interconnect. 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 >
Daryl Brown of MISO in Little Rock.
Energy / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

Brown Named to Research Alliance Board (Movers & Shakers)

Daryl Brown, executive director of external affairs-south region at Midcontinent Independent System Operator, has joined the Arkansas Research Alliance board of trustees. read more >
Construction / Energy / Public Companies

Entergy Offers Customers a Way to Purchase Solar Power

As solar and renewable energy use surges and and utilities jump in with their own systems, the state's largest electric utility, Entergy Arkansas, is offering customers a way to run their homes and businesses with sun power. read more >
David Maxwell, former director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, says preparation will be essential to recovering from a major infrastructure crisis like a cyberattack on the electrical grid.
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‘Black Sky’ Threat Looms Over Grid, BusinessesLock Icon

David Maxwell, former director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, warns that a crippling cyberattack on power could bring a cascade of system failures across society — from communications to water systems to food and fuel distribution. read more >
Entergy Arkansas has agreed to stop burning coal at White Bluff, one of its two major coal plants, by 2028.
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Manufacturing / Nonprofits / Public Companies / Real Estate

Power Balance Shifting In Arkansas: Coal Crucial But Losing Ground

King Coal isn’t dead, but it’s being dethroned as the top fuel source for creating electric power in Arkansas. read more >
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator headquarters in Carmel, Ind.

MISO Supports Cybersecurity Education with Philander Smith

Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. of Carmel, Indiana, recently partnered with Philander Smith College in Little Rock to develop a curriculum for the school’s new cybersecurity program, which will award certifications and two-year and four-year degrees. read more >
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Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In ArkansasLock Icon

After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors’ money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out. 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.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Nonprofits / Public Companies

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 >
Todd Hillman, vice president of MISO South
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Todd Hillman of MISO on Keeping Arkansas Within Balance of Power

Todd Hillman is the vice president of Midcontinent Independent System Operator's south region, the company which took over the electricity transmission of Entergy Corp. in Arkansas in 2011. read more >
Hugh McDonald, CEO of Entergy Arkansas.
Construction / Energy / Investments / Manufacturing

Entergy Rolls With Industry Changes in Coal, Gas, Solar

In the past six years, Entergy Arkansas has made acquisitions that are part and parcel of a $2.4 billion investment in improvements in generation, distribution and transmission projects through 2017. 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 >
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator headquarters in Carmel, Ind.
Energy / Nonprofits

MISO Unveils $22M Operations Center in Little Rock

A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba says a new Little Rock operations center will help keep utility costs down. read more >
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator headquarters in Carmel, Ind.

‘Smart’ Future In The Cards For Entergy, Customers

As technology quickly evolves, the energy industry, in particular, must adapt to meet the future needs of its customers. But what will that future hold? read more >