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Washington County's 2.01-megawatt, 5,400 panel solar system on its south campus near Clydesdale Drive in Fayetteville.
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Fayetteville, Others Race for Solar Savings

The city of Fayetteville is looking to save money on its electric bill, and it’s in a hurry to have solar power project plans in place with Entegrity of Little Rock by the end of September. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Utilities Answer State Order Seeking Plans on Federal Funds

Regulators wanted to know whether utilities will take advantage of programs offering millions of dollars in incentives for energy-saving projects and new power transmission connections. Arkansas’ biggest utilities said yes, but with considerable qualifications. read more >
Energy

SWEPCO Gets Approval for $2.2B in Solar and Wind Power

The company said aging generation units drove the need for the developments. read more >
Energy

Swepco Names Brett Mattison as President, Succeeding Smoak in 2023

Smoak is retiring at year’s end after 38 years at American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio. read more >
Kurt Castleberry, vice president and director of resource management at Entergy Arkansas, says the state has transmission and fuel diversity advantages over Texas, where the power grid came within minutes of collapse in February.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Entergy Follows The Sun, Along With U.S. Steel

With war in Ukraine driving a global energy crisis, Entergy Arkansas Inc. has turned to the sun exclusively for new electricity generation. read more >
Wind turbines at the Traverse Wind Energy Center in Oklahoma
Energy

SWEPCO Wind Power Comes Online

The project is estimated to save customers $2 billion in electricity costs over 30 years. 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 >

Swepco Nears Final Deal for Influx of Wind Power

Southwestern Electric Power Co. of Shreveport has reached a deal to add 810 megawatts of wind energy to the utility’s generation capacity. read more >
Energy / Nonprofits

UA to Mark $1M Donation from American Electric Power Foundation

The American Electric Power Foundation is giving the University of Arkansas $1 million to support electrical engineering outreach, improve undergraduate research opportunities and provide upgrades to student facilities. read more >
Construction

Swepco Seeks Purchase of More Wind Energy Projects

Southwestern Electric Power Co. requests proposals for up to 1,200 megawatts of additional wind energy resources to be in operation by Dec. 15, 2021. read more >
Venita McCellon-Allen

Arkansas Women in Power Honor McCellon-Allen, Retired Swepco CEO

Venita McCellon-Allen got some recognition for her pioneering days as a rare female utility executive when Arkansas Women in Power named the former Southwestern Electric Power Co. president and CEO as an Arkansas Energy industry trailblazer. read more >
Entergy Arkansas has agreed to stop burning coal at White Bluff, one of its two major coal plants, by 2028.
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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 >
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.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Louisiana Regulators OK $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

Louisiana utility regulators approved plans Wednesday for a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project, acting about six weeks after Arkansas’ Public Service Commission gave its approval to the project, known as the Wind Catcher Energy Connection. 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 >
Energy

Smoak Is Named Swepco President and COO

Longtime engineer and executive Malcolm Smoak has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Electric Power Co. in Shreveport, Louisiana, effective immediately. read more >
Construction / Energy

Arkansas PSC Approves $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

The Arkansas Public Service Commission approves a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project known as Wind Catcher, even though opponents have bashed it in an advertising campaign. read more >
Venita McCellon-Allen
Energy

McCellon-Allen Retires as Swepco President

Venita McCellon-Allen, a pioneering woman in utility boardrooms and a player in Arkansas' energy sector since taking over the Texarkana division of Central & South West Corp. in 1994, has retired as president and COO of Southwestern Electric Power Co. read more >
Education / Energy / Government & Politics

UA, Fayetteville Declare Support for Wind Catcher Project

The University of Arkansas and the city where it's based, Fayetteville, have both rallied behind a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project that has been under fire from what its supporters call a deceptive TV advertising campaign. 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 >
Business Services / Government & Politics

AEDC Launches Competitive Communities Initiative

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces the launch of AEDC's Competitive Communities Initiative evaluation program. read more >