Arkansas Energy

As Arkansas motorists count down the days to the Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of the summer driving season, pump prices are peaking at their highest level so far in 2016.

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has unexpectedly rescheduled next month’s challenges to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to be heard by the full bench instead in mid-September.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan on Feb. 9, blocking the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the far-reaching rules that would dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the U.S. by shutting down most of the nation’s coal-fired power plant fleet.

A service that tracks gasoline prices says the per-gallon cost of a gallon in Arkansas has risen eight cents in the past week, to an average of $1.90.

In Little Rock, the price averaged $1.89. That price is down 34 cents from a year ago and down nearly two dollars from five years ago.

solar array aerojets solar field
Aerojet Rocketdyne

The switch will soon be flipped on 151,200 solar panels that will provide electricity to the growing defense industry operations in East Camden. The 12-megawatt solar field will generate electricity equivalent to powering 2,400 homes.

Officials with Aerojet Rocketdyne, the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation will gather March 31 at the 100-acre site in south Arkansas for the formal commissioning.

An earlier proposed route for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line.
Clean Line Partners

The federal Department of Energy is giving its OK to a project that would distribute electricity produced by wind power in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles to customers in the Southeast.

Despite opposition in Arkansas, the agency on Friday backed the 705-mile Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project that involves 4,000 megawatts of power. The agency invoked Congress' Energy Policy Act of 2005, which addressed the need for an improved infrastructure.

Arkansas Nuclear One

In an annual evaluation of the nation’s commercial nuclear plants, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Entergy Arkansas’ Nuclear One and Two units in Russellville were among three reactors that require increased oversight because of two safety findings of “substantial significance” in 2015.

Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
Arkansas Times

BHP Billiton’s Fayetteville Shale operations posted a loss of $102 million in the second half of fiscal 2015 as the mining giant suspended its drilling operations and announced plans for further spending cuts in its U.S. oil and gas operations for the third time in the past year.

Fuel prices are ratcheting up at the fastest pace since November in Arkansas as gas station owners are raising prices ahead of the oil industry’s upcoming refinery maintenance season.

Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
Arkansas Times

While declining crude oil prices have roiled international markets, natural gas futures have quietly plummeted to levels not seen in this century and is pushing many companies in the energy sector closer to bankruptcy every day, industry experts say.

On Thursday, natural gas futures for April delivery closed down 6.4 cents or 3.7% at $1.678 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) on NYMEX. That is the lowest settlement prices for natural gas contracts since Feb. 26, 1999, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

gas-to-liquids GTL

Little Rock-based Energy Security Partners LLC and Pine Bluff officials announced Tuesday that Jefferson County is being considered as the top location to build and operate a potential $3.7 billion industrial gas-to-liquids processing facility.