Arkansas Energy

ADEQ Clean Power Plan ADEQ Director Becky Keogh and APSC Chairman Ted Thomas
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State regulators on Tuesday hosted the fifth and final “stakeholder” meeting in Little Rock before a draft plan and comments are submitted to federal environmental officials on Jan. 21 to move Arkansas closer to complying with President Obama’s sweeping Clean Power Plan.

   

Entergy Arkansas says about 2,600 homes and businesses are without electricity because of severe storms crossing the state.

The utility says nearly half of those outages are in Pope County, while Yell County has an additional 770 outages. The storms were just approaching the Little Rock metropolitan area at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Entergy says power may not be restored to some affected areas until midnight. Forecasters say parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee are at a moderate risk for severe weather.

Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
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Southwestern Energy Corp. officials said Friday that the Houston-based oil and gas operator has shut down two drilling rigs in the Fayetteville Shale as the price of natural gas fell this week to its lowest level in more than 15 years.

Southwestern Energy spokeswoman Christina Fowler told Talk Business & Politics on Friday evening that the company’s Arkansas operating rigs will be mothballed for the foreseeable future, but did not include any loss of jobs.

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Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville is in the process of restarting a reactor  after it was shut down on Tuesday. One of the plant's two reactors was manually shut down after Entergy found that part of a system that generates steam for its turbines was malfunctioning. Sarah Millard, a spokeswoman for Arkansas Nuclear One, said "feedwater oscillations" were the problem.

“After that shut down all the equipment required for safe shutdown of the plant operated exactly as it’s designed. And that allowed us to do some investigating…to understand the cause,” she said.

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Members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation, all Republicans, met Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to discuss concerns about the proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project.

The roughly 700 mile power grid would move wind energy from Oklahoma, through Arkansas to Tennessee.

In a statement, Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman said:

A stakeholder conference call held by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday indicates that consensus is building around a mass-based compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan. The Environmental Protection Agency rule calls for Arkansas to reduce power plant carbon emissions 36 percent by the year 2030. The nationwide target is a 32 percent reduction.

 

Arkansas' two Republican senators say they will place a hold on a confirmation vote for a U.S. Department of Energy nominee because of their concerns over a proposed wind-energy transmission line that would cross the state.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton said Wednesday they will place a hold on the confirmation vote for Victoria Wassmer, who is President Barack Obama's nominee for the department's undersecretary for management and performance.

A Senate committee advanced Wassmer's nomination last month.

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock unveiled a new power generation plant on campus Wednesday that university officials said will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the coming years.

During a ceremony at the campus, university officials and representatives of Little Rock-based energy firm TME demonstrated UALR’s top-of-the-line power plant, capable of powering the campus during outages or scheduled power grid interruptions.

Residents of Faulkner, Conway and Van Buren counties have filed a class action lawsuit against five energy companies claiming they made fictitious deductions and charges against royalty owners.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that the 88 residents represented in the lawsuit are royalty owners of oil, gas and mineral interests in lands and wells located within the three counties.

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Although gas prices have edged up in recent weeks across Arkansas and the rest of the U.S., the monthly average for a gallon of regular unleaded is expected to decline between Thanksgiving and Christmas as unplanned refinery outages this fall come back online, according to Tuesday’s short-term energy forecast by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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