Arkansas Energy

Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
Arkansas Times

Monthly and quarterly severance tax collections in Arkansas at the end of September have declined to levels not seen in several years as wellhead prices for natural gas have brought drilling activity in the Natural State to a virtual standstill.

The state’s drill-bit collapse has left tax revenue for natural gas production at only $3.79 million at the end of September, down 50% from $7.56 million a year ago, monthly tax data compiled by the Revenue Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration shows.

Power Lines

Thanks to a multimillion dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Arkansas will lead a new national center that will focus on upgrading and protecting the nation’s energy grid from cyber-attacks.

University officials said the new educational venture is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from research partners.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Top Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was in Little Rock Wednesday, touting the city's water quality project along Main Street's Creative Corridor.

The project, completed earlier this year, was largely funded through a 900,000 dollar grant from the federal agency. McCarthy also visited with science students from eStem charter school and with city officials. She said the water quality project shows a commitment by the city toward sustainable development.


Arkansas Nuclear One

U.S. nuclear power plants showed marked improvements in performance this summer and saw outages fall to the lowest level ever recorded in early August since federal regulators began collecting such data in 2007, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Ritchie power plant entergy
Entergy Arkansas

A 51-year-old power plant in Arkansas was brought down in a series of implosions as Entergy Arkansas moves forward with more modern electricity-generating facilities.

The demolition was finished Thursday at the Robert E. Ritchie power plant in Helena-West Helena, a city in the Mississippi Delta region about 70 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

The plant's boiler and a 450-foot emissions stack were safely brought to the ground on Thursday.

The plant was built in the 1960s and utility spokesman David Lewis says the plant was officially retired in 2013.

Arkansas Nuclear One

Officials at Arkansas Nuclear One power plant in Russellville are preparing to brief the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the utility's preparations to undergo a major inspection at the plant set for the beginning of next year. 

Former Fayetteville Shale producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. has finalized two new gas gathering agreements with Tulsa-based Williams Companies for its production in the Haynesville Shale and its dry gas operations in the Utica Shale located in eastern Ohio.

Gasoline prices across parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma are at some of their lowest levels in more than a decade, aiding consumers but worrying segments of the economy that rely on oil prices being high.

Mayflower Oil Spill

A settlement between the federal government, the state of Arkansas and ExxonMobil is now final over a lawsuit the governments had filed against the pipeline company over environmental violations arising from the 2013 Mayflower oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker approved the agreement Wednesday.

white bluff entergy power plant coal energy
Arkansas Business

Entergy Arkansas Inc. on Friday proposed what it called “a more reasonable, long-term, multi-unit approach to address Arkansas’ regional haze” in response to the federal Environment Protection Agency’s rejection of the state’s earlier plan to improve visibility in wilderness areas.

The proposal comes only days after the EPA on Monday released its final rules on President Obama’s far-reaching and controversial “Clean Power Plan,” putting the nation on track to cut carbon pollution from the power sector 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.