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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 more.

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 homes. ...

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...

AECC Requests Review of Coal Tariff Decision

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has asked the federal Surface Transportation Board to reconsider its December ruling related to the shipping of coal.  AECC argued that the decision, which upheld a rail tariff that requires shippers to cover the cost of cleaning coal dust emissions from railcars, lacked sufficient justification.  AECC provided evidence suggesting that...

Dust Settles after Utility Fight with BNSF

The verdict is in: Coal shippers led by Arkansas Electric Cooperative will have to comply with BNSF Railway’s (BNSF) loading instructions aimed at suppressing coal dust emissions from Powder River Basin coal trains after the Surface Transportation Board (Board) ruled the requirements were permissible.  Since 2009, utilities have fought the requirement to apply surfactants to their coal...

John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant Named Plant of the Year

The new 600-MW John W. Turk, Jr. coal-fueled plant in Arkansas has been named Plant of the Year by POWER Magazine.  The plant, which is co-owned by Southwestern Electric Power Company, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, East Texas Electric Cooperative and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, received this award for overcoming a number of regulatory hurdles and legal obstacles. ...

Arkansas Coop Enters Wind Agreement

RES Americas and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) have entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement, which will result in the construction of 75 new wind turbines in two Oklahoma counties.  The 150-MW Origin Wind Project, which is slated to begin operations by late 2014, will add to the 51 MW of wind capacity acquired by AECC through a 2012 power purchase agreement. ...

Arkansas PSC Approves New Environmental Controls for Coal Plant

The Flint Creek coal-fired generation plant in Arkansas will undergo a $408 million makeover to install air pollutant controls required by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the request made by Flint Creek’s owners Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation.  Read more...

Arkansas Coop Extends $250 Million Syndication with CFC

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation recently closed an Amend and Extend agreement with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Financing Corporation (CFC), locking in current pricing and extending the maturity date of its $250 million credit facility to June 2016.  Both parties were pleased with the speed and efficiency of utilizing the Amend and Extend transaction, which was...

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