Arkansas Energy

Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Meeting Set To Discuss Carbon Pollution Reduction In Arkansas

The coal-fired John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in Fulton, Arkansas.

A meeting is set at which utilities and Arkansas officials are to discuss new federal rules that are to reduce carbon pollution.

The state Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are to hold the public meeting at 9 a.m. June 25 at the ADEQ office in North Little Rock.

The new federal rules restrict carbon pollution from existing power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to have a final set of rules in place by July 1, 2015.

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Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Workers To help Wire Rural Guatemala Villages

A group of 15 linemen from electric cooperatives across Arkansas have returned home after spending nearly a month in Guatemala where they helped bring electricity to remote villages in the Central American country.

The group arrived in Guatemala on March 26 - then traveled about nine hours to the remote villages of Las Flores and La Hacienta to bring electricity to the area.

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Local & Regional News
8:54 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Arkansas Advocates In DC To Push For Energy Help

Advocates from Entergy Arkansas are visiting with congressional leaders to urge increasing funding for an energy assistance program for the poor.

Advocates planned to visit Washington Wednesday to push for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides assistance for needs such as energy bills.

Entergy says cuts in funding for the federal program from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion have limited the level of assistance available for more than 340,000 qualifying households in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
3:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Power Transmission Operator Breaks Ground For Little Rock Facility

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A company that will manage operations of Entergy Arkansas’s power grid, broke ground on a new facility in Little Rock Friday. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, is establishing a regional headquarters that it says will employ 50 people at average salaries of 85,000 dollars a year.

Local elected officials and company representatives gathered in the middle of a dusty construction site in West Little Rock to move dirt with golden shovels and give a ceremonial blessing to the arrival MISO’s new facility in Arkansas

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Winter Weather
9:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Entergy Arkansas Reports 38K Outages From Storm

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain without electricity after wintry weather hit Arkansas.

Entergy Arkansas says about 38,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. Garland County had the highest number of outages at more than 5,800. Crittenden County reported more than 4,100 outages and Conway County had about 3,300 outages. Cross County reported more than 3,100 outages.

Outages of more than 2,000 customers were reported in Mississippi, Montgomery and St. Francis counties.

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Local & Regional News
8:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Bonanza Creek To Spend $80M In South Arkansas

A Denver-based energy company says it will invest $80 million this year to drill about 50 natural gas wells in south Arkansas.

Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. says the wells will be drilled in the McKamie Patton and Dorcheat-Macedonia fields, which are located in Columbia and Lafayette counties.

Arkansas Business reports infrastructure projects and saltwater disposal wells will account for an additional $4.5 million of planned capital.

Bonanza Creek has operations in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Cotton Valley sands of southern Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Tue December 10, 2013

In Aftermath Of Ice Storm, Debate Over Whether Power Lines Should Be Buried

Frank Burggraf, professor emeritus for the University of Arkansas, in front of an electrical substation in Fayetteville. He's a vocal advocate for burying power lines.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

As many as 60,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas were without power at one point this past weekend because of the winter storm.

Above-ground electrical transmission and distribution lines are vulnerable to failure from heavy wet snow, dense ice and high winds.

Some advocates say it’s time to move those lines underground.  But that is much more expensive and many utility customers don't want to pay higher electric bills.

Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has a look at the debate.  You can hear her report above.

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Local & Regional News
8:16 am
Fri December 6, 2013

More Than 37,000 Without Power In Arkansas

More than 37,000 homes and businesses are without electricity as a wintry storm hits the state.

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark reported about 12,000 outages Friday morning, while SWEPCO had more than 11,000 outages in northwest Arkansas in Sebastian, Polk, Scott and Logan counties. Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported an additional 2,000 outages in Fort Smith, 1,200 outages in Charleston and more than 1,100 in Lavaca.

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Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Entergy Arkansas Sending Crews To Virginia To Restore Power

Crews from Entergy Arkansas are heading to Virginia to help restore electricity knocked out during this week's storms.

Entergy Arkansas is sending 87 employees to Virginia, including 50 linemen. The utility says Dominion Virginia Power requested assistance from Entergy.

At its peak, severe storms with high winds and hail knocked out power to 285,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers.

As of Friday morning, that number had dropped to 95,000 outages, with most in the Richmond and southeastern Virginia regions.

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Fracking and Drinking Water
6:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Study: Fracking Hasn't Polluted Arkansas Water

A natural gas drilling rig.
Credit Daniel Foster / flickr.com

A new study says natural gas drilling, or fracking, hasn't contaminated drinking water wells in Arkansas but researchers say the geology there is more of a natural barrier to pollution than in other areas where drilling takes place.

Duke University professor Avner Vengosh says the team "didn't see any contamination" in an area of heavy drilling in north-central Arkansas. Members of the U.S. Geological Survey were also part of the study examining 127 drinking water wells for evidence of pollution from methane gas or chemicals.

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