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Entergy’s White Bluff power plant near Redfield faces new EPA regulation. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)
Energy / Government & Politics

Trump Plan Scales Back Obama’s Coal Emissions Standards

The Trump administration on Tuesday came out with new rules scaling back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants, striking at one of the former administration's legacy programs to rein in climate-changing fossil-fuel emissions. read more >
Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, hint that the first batch of good news from a European trade mission should be landing soon.
Construction / Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

Following the Money Fueling Opposition to Wind CatcherLock Icon

While a single wind project won’t seal the fate of America’s energy markets, resistance to Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s Wind Catcher project comes in conjunction with support for coal and nuclear power at the highest levels of American government. 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 >
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal / Real Estate

Clean Line Shelves Arkansas Plans; Delegation Steps Up Attack

As Arkansas' congressional delegation stepped up its war Tuesday on a $2.5 billion wind-power transmission project, Clean Line Energy Partners has confirmed that it has shelved plans to string the controversial power line across Arkansas. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum
Energy / Government & Politics

FERC Ruling Against Propping Up Coal Plants Draws Praise

The FERC's decision to reject a plan to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants in a competitive national power market drew general approval from Arkansas energy stakeholders. read more >
Ted Thomas with Scott Hamilton, regional director of MISO South, right, and Chris Jones of BCT Partners.
Energy / Government & Politics

PSC Chairman Criticizes Plan to Prop Up Coal

The state’s top utility regulator expressed deep doubts Tuesday about Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule to fortify the national electric grid’s “resilience” by providing cost recovery for coal and nuclear power plants. 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.
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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 >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Don’t Criticize Texas (Feedback)

Jerry Jackson of Heber Springs invites Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz and the rest of Arkansas to not mess with the Lone Star state. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor. read more >