Arkansas Energy

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.

Entergy Arkansas says a projected decrease in the fuel costs would help offset the cost of a requested 8 percent rate increase before the Arkansas Public Service Commission

The utility issued a statement Monday saying its "fuel and purchased power cost" adjustment that will be filed in March will mean residential ratepayers get a $7.11 break for every 1,000 kilowatt-hours they use.

white bluff entergy power plant coal energy
Arkansas Business

Arkansas officials are evaluating what steps to take in response to the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halting a federal rule limiting carbon emissions at power plants.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined the lawsuit with 26 other states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency rule, commonly known as the Clean Power Plan or section  111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The plan was a key piece of President Barack Obama's policy platform to combat climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama's plan to cut power plant emissions is good news.

Arkansas is one of 27 states suing to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to block enforcement of the plan while the litigation is pending.

Motorists in Arkansas and the rest of the nation should get used to filling up their tanks for less after the U.S. Department of Energy forecasted on Tuesday that average pump prices for regular unleaded should remain on average below $2 per gallon throughout 2016.

In the near-term, a GasBuddy analyst said the bloated wholesale market for gasoline could also push pump prices in some parts of the U.S. below the one dollar a gallon mark in coming weeks, a level not seen since 1999.