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Arkansas Regulators Reverse Decision, Accept $142M Settlement for Grand Gulf Costs

The Arkansas Public Service Commission rejected Entergy's "low-ball" offer in August 2022. Now the commission has dropped its objections with little fanfare. read more >
A crew from Seal Solar of North Little Rock installs solar panels at 107 Liquor in Sherwood.
Energy / Government & Politics

Bill Cutting Solar Power Credits Goes to Governor

The state’s largest power company, Entergy Arkansas, praised the passage of the legislation. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Bill to Cut Solar Panels’ Return on Investment Clears State Senate

The amended bill will essentially halve the credit that utilities pay to customers — both residential and commercial — who generate their own power. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

A Solar Compromise with House Bill 1370

A bill to shift Arkansas policy on solar power appeared headed toward legislative victory last week after some compromises and a heated committee hearing. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Tentative Deal Reached in Showdown Over Solar Credit

The agreement includes amendments to persuade a trade group, the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, to drop its opposition. read more >
Heather Nelson, chair of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association board, speaks at the trade group's annual meeting and policy conference in Little Rock in October 2021.
Energy / Government & Politics

Renewable Energy Proponents Prepare for Heated Battle Over Solar Bill

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association says the legislation could cripple the state’s burgeoning renewable energy sector. read more >
Kimberly O'Guinn
Energy / Government & Politics

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 >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association on Oct. 12, 2022
Energy / Government & Politics

Key Net-Metering Provision to Expire With New Year, Industry Warns

Lack of certainty around the rule could hold up a billion dollars' worth of projects planned in the state. read more >
Shemeka Washington, an EKG tech at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. The pandemic is exacerbating health worker shortages.
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‘Running Through Cash Like Crazy’: Best Quotes of 2022

They said it, we only quoted them. Here are some of the best things said in 2022. read more >
Energy

Ted Thomas Starts Conway-based Consulting Firm, Energize StrategiesLock Icon

The former Arkansas Public Service Commission Chair Ted Thomas has landed his first client, Recurve Analytics Inc., an open-source platform for virtual power plants. read more >
Washington County's 2.01-megawatt, 5,400 panel solar system on its south campus near Clydesdale Drive in Fayetteville.
Energy

Sun Power Up Above, Battery Power Below

More and more renewable energy-related businesses are popping up across Arkansas, including solar projects and lithium mining for EV batteries. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association on Oct. 12, 2022
Energy / Government & Politics

State Poised to Extend Solar ‘Grandfathering’ Deadline, Governor Says

The governor told the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association that he envisions an extension of at least two years. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Power and Politics: A Regulatory View (Ted Thomas Commentary)

As energy prices continue to rise, Thomas talks regulation and innovation. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Katie Anderson to Replace Ted Thomas as Arkansas PSC Chair

She currently serves as an administrative law judge on the state Workers' Compensation Commission. read more >
Ted Thomas, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission
Energy / Government & Politics

Ted Thomas, Solar Power And the Cooperative View

Thomas is going out as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission with a bang. read more >
Ted Thomas
Energy / Government & Politics

Update: Ted Thomas Resigns from PSC for Private Sector

The news of Thomas’ resignation came immediately on the heels of a fierce notice of recusal from a solar interconnection case. read more >
Ted Thomas
Energy / Legal

Ted Thomas’ Recusal: Behind Those Six Words

In a blistering filing, the Arkansas PSC chairman referenced "Better Call Saul" and accused Petit Jean Electric of making false criminal accusations against him. read more >
Ted Thomas
Energy / Legal / Public Companies

PSC Weighing $142M Entergy Settlement Offer on Grand Gulf

Entergy reached a settlement on similar allegations with Mississippi’s Public Service Commission on June 23, agreeing to refund the state $300 million read more >
Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s Little Rock headquarters.
Energy

Costly Grand Gulf Nuclear Returns to the Headlines

A $300 million deal in Mississippi is related to 13 proceedings litigated before the FERC, and Arkansas PSC Chairman Ted Thomas says regulators in Little Rock are involved. read more >
A crew from Seal Solar of North Little Rock installs solar panels at 107 Liquor in Sherwood.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

For Solar, A Threat Is Rising In the EastLock Icon

A U.S. investigation into Asian solar panel exports has stalled two of Entergy Arkansas’ largest sun projects. read more >