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President Joe Biden during a NATO news conference in Brussels, Belgium in March 2022
Energy

Biden’s Oil Comments Spark Debate Over Energy Production

Ironically, Biden's comment came as he tried to reassure critics that he recognizes the need for continued oil production. read more >
Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative
Energy

A Co-op Leader Sees Problems Down Line

High fuel costs, government regulation and shutdowns of fossil-fuel generation plants are strangling the electric cooperatives’ ability to supply affordable and dependable power to 1.2 million cooperative members in Arkansas. read more >
TC Energy headquarters in Calgary, Alberta
Energy / Government & Politics

Oil Spill in Rural Kansas Creek Shuts Down Keystone Pipeline

The company on Thursday estimated the spill's size at about 14,000 barrels. read more >
Oil pipelines at a refinery. Plains All American Pipeline L.P. plans to build a 440-mile crude oil pipeline to connect its Plains Cushing, Okla. terminal to the Valero Memphis Refinery.
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Transportation

Biden Restores Stricter Environmental Review of Big Projects

The reviews will look at the likely impact of a project on climate change and nearby communities. read more >
Glen Hooks, the director of the Sierra Club of Arkansas, said he supports the EPA’s efforts to protect the environment.
Energy

Sierra Club Tool Grades Utilities, and Arkansas’ Pass

The Sierra Club is grading the nation’s utilities based on their climate progress, with Southwestern Electric Power Co. of Shreveport winning the best grade in Arkansas, a B. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Legal / Transportation

Arkansas Voters Approve Ballot Measures for Highways, Term Limits

Arkansas voters approve permanently extending a half-cent sales tax for highways and loosening term limits for legislators, but rejected efforts to impose new restrictions on ballot initiatives. read more >
Energy

Swepco Agrees to Close Louisiana Plant in Deal with Sierra Club

Southwest Electric Power Co. of Shreveport aims to close its coal-burning Dolet Hills generation plant near Mansfield, Louisiana, part of a deal with the Sierra Club approved by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. read more >
AEV Solar of Little Rock is a new player in the commercial solar market. Left to right are  Jonathan Garcia, Jaimin Vashi, Kevin Mach, Corey Stafford and John Ekdahl. Vashi, Mach and Ekdahl are partners in the firm.
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Investments / Manufacturing / Nonprofits / Small Business

High Noon for Solar Costs in Arkansas?Lock Icon

The sun never sets on Arkansas’ solar power pricing battle, it seems, but a swirl of cases before Arkansas regulators and a major ruling in Louisiana favoring Entergy Inc. suggest a reckoning may be near. read more >
Legal

Swepco Faces Challenges at PSC and in Federal Court

Southwest Electric Power Co. faces legal and environmental pressure on two fronts, with the Sierra Club filing a Public Service Commission request to force a resubmission of the utility’s 20-year resource plan and the city of Prescott suing it for $3.3 million. 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.
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

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 >
Sandra Byrd
Energy / Government & Politics

Crucial Hearing in Solar Debate Is Thursday

After nearly a year and a half of debate on the value of rooftop solar power generated at homes and businesses in Arkansas, a day of reckoning is at hand. 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 >
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 >
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Energy

Competing Net Metering Proposals Filed With PSC

Two subgroups of a panel formed to make recommendations on the future of solar energy development in Arkansas have presented competing proposals to the state PSC, which has been studying net metering. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment

Battles over the placement of power lines are an emerging problem for the U.S. clean energy industry, which casts itself as a friend of the environment but suddenly finds itself vilified by landowners. read more >
Energy / Legal

Sierra Club Sues EPA over Haze from Louisiana Coal Plants

The Sierra Club is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force the regulator to make sure Louisiana's coal-powered plants cut down on haze-causing pollution, and thereby clear up the skies above wilderness areas in Louisiana and Arkansas. read more >
An example of the solar panels used in a solar power plant proposed by Entergy Arkansas.
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy / Government & Politics

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in Arkansas County. read more >
Glen Hooks
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Clean Power Means Good Jobs for State (Glen Hooks Commentary)

Arkansas, true to our tradition, has languished as the rest of the nation moves toward a clean-energy future. While the rest of the country is transitioning away from coal-fired electricity, Arkansas has opened two coal-fired power plants in the past five years to join its three older coal-fired power plants. 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 >