Arkansas Energy

Deadline To Intervene In Entergy Rate Case Closes

Jun 23, 2015

The deadline for petitioners to intervene in Entergy Arkansas Inc.’s $167 million rate case filing closes today (Tuesday, June 23), one day after the state Public Service Commission (PSC) staff suggested that the Arkansas Sierra Club does not have proper standing to participate in the proceedings.

Despite a federal appeals court's rejection of a lawsuit challenging a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would curb carbon emissions from power plants, Arkansas may still litigate the issue as the rule is finalized this summer. The proposed rule, known as 111(d), would require that Arkansas's electric utilities reduce carbon emissions at their power plants by 44 percent by the year 2030. The national target is a 30 percent emissions reduction.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking at a ribbon cutting for MISO in March 2015 before the facility was fully online.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A $22 million electric grid control center operated by Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO) officially turned the switch at midnight Monday to become the company’s hub for delivering electricity to Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Todd Hillman, the vice president of MISO’s southern operations said transferring control from its Indiana headquarters to Little Rock signals a growing energy demand in the region.

Former President Clinton: Energy, Broadband Would Help Delta

May 28, 2015
Bill Clinton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that alternative and more efficient energy, New Markets Tax Credit loans, and more broadband access would help areas along the Mississippi Delta enjoy more economic growth.

Clinton addressed by telephone the Delta Grassroots Caucus, a seven-state coalition of advocates and legislators meeting this week in Little Rock.

Entergy Corp. estimates its electrical customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas saved more than $250 million during the first year of Entergy's membership in a regional grid manager.

Customer savings are building more quickly than Entergy estimated before joining the Indiana-based Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator in late 2013. Entergy had estimated $1.4 billion in customer savings over a decade.

Arkansas Nuclear One

Entergy's nuclear power plant, Arkansas Nuclear One, is currently the worst in the country, according to a ranking by the federal regulators. The reasons for the poor performance rating and plans for improvement will be discussed Tuesday night at 6 p.m.  during a public hearing in Russellville.

CenterPoint Customers In Arkansas Should See Lower Gas Bills Until Late 2015

May 7, 2015

A CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman said Wednesday that Arkansas customers should already begin seeing lower monthly bills due to a decreasing gas supply rate (GSR) adjustment that comes from falling wellhead prices tied to the cost of natural gas.

The adjustment will lower an April residential gas bill using 50 Ccf (hundred cubic feet) of natural gas by more than 14% compared to last year. This means a bill that was $65.48 last April is $55.92 this month, Centerpoint officials said, although actual bills will vary depending on how much natural gas individual customers use.

First Solar To Power East Camden Renewable Energy Project, Officials Say

May 5, 2015

Nashville-based renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corp. said today that it has selected publicly traded First Solar in Tempe, Ariz., to provide power for a 12-megawatt (MW) solar energy project planned for the Highland Industrial Park in East Camden.

In February, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and East Camden defense contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne first announced the deal to build and manage what will officials said would be the largest solar field in Arkansas.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., and Congressman French Hill, R-Little Rock, sent a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urging an evaluation of the planning process for renewable energy programs.

Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending its public comment period on proposed rules to limit emissions for several coal-fired power plants in Arkansas. The regulations are intended limit haze around national wilderness areas.