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AECC Acquires 173 MW of New Wind Capacity

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) recently acquired access to 173 MW of new wind capacity from wind farms located in Oklahoma. The farms are owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and began commercial operations this month. The anticipated energy output for these farms is about 720 million kWh per year, which is enough to provide energy to more than...

Cooperative CEO Urges Congress to Authorize FBI to Assist in Identifying Utility Insider Threats

On July 12, before the Senate Energy Subcommittee, Duane Highley, CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., requested that Congress consider legislation that would allow the FBI to assist in background checks for personnel that perform critical functions.  Highley cautioned the senators to avoid a one-size-fits-all strategy as the insider threats are both the biggest threats and...

Cooperatives Co-Commission New Solar Field in Arkansas

Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC), Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (Aerojet) formally commissioned a 12-megawatt (AC) array in the Highland Industrial Park in Arkansas.  OECC assisted in the project by providing technical support, guidance and expertise, while Aerojet will purchase the solar power and AECC will receive any excess...

Enel Starts Construction of Oklahoma Wind Farm

Enel Green Power North America Inc. has started construction of the $180 million Drift Sand project in Grady County, Oklahoma.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and electricity from the project will go to Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. under a long-term power-purchase...

Arkansas Electric Joins in Cyber Attack Prevention Research

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (Arkansas Electric) has teamed up with researchers from five universities in an effort to ensure increased security for the nation’s electric power grid.  Arkansas Electric will serve as an industry partner to researchers working in conjunction with the Department of Energy Center for Securing Electric Energy Delivery...

Oklahoma Coop Brings in More Solar Energy

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Tri-County) has reached an agreement with Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AEC) by which AEC will supply Tri-County with a one-megawatt solar array.  Tri-County members who participate in its new community solar program will be able to purchase electricity generated by the solar array.  Click here to read...

Arkansas Electric and Others Seek Intervention in Suit over Haze Abatement Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March settled a suit with environmental group Sierra Club over an Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality haze plan required by federal law.  A coalition of companies, including Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and Entergy Arkansas, has filed a motion to intervene in the suit that has already settled.  Click here for...

Arkansas G&T Adds Wind to Portfolio

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation has announced a long-term, sole-recipient agreement with the planned Drift Sand Wind Farm.  This 108 megawatt facility is expected to begin commercial operation by December 31, 2016.  To read more about this story, please click here.

Arkansas Electric Plans to Build State’s Largest Solar Farm

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (Arkansas Electric) has signed an agreement to build what will be the largest solar farm in the State of Arkansas.  Silicon Ranch Corporation will build and manage the facility, which will be located on a 100-acre parcel in East Camden.  The facility’s 12-megawatt output will power a manufacturing facility as well as 2,400 single-family...

Utility Officials Claim New EPA Rule May Cause Shutdown of Arkansas Power Plants

Utility officials from Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Entergy Arkansas told an Arkansas legislative panel that the new EPA carbon emissions rule could cause the shutdown of at least two power plants in the state.  After hearing the testimony of the officials, the House and Senate committees on insurance and commerce adopted a resolution expressing opposition to...

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