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Electric Industry and Government Work Together to Enhance Grid Cybersecurity

For years, electric utilities have worked closely with government security experts to share emerging threat data and information on vulnerabilities to thwart cyberattacks. The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), the main liaison between the electric industry and the federal government, aims to coordinate efforts to prepare for or respond to major disasters or threats to...

Arkansas Coop to Purchase Additional Wind-Generated Energy

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Wildhorse Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Southern Power. Pursuant to the power purchase agreement, AECC will purchase wind-generated energy from a 100 MW wind project, which is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of...

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Enters Solar PPA

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) to purchase up to 100 MW of energy. Under the PPA, AECC will purchase energy produced by an 800-acre solar farm which will be constructed by RES beginning in...

Coop CEO Testimony Outlines Cyber Threats to Power Grid

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative testified, on behalf of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as part of a hearing called “Efforts to Protect Energy Delivery Systems from Cybersecurity Threats” on the cyber threats facing the electric...

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...

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