Arkansas Energy Advocates Tout Jobs, Growth at State Capitol

Today’s Power President Michael Henderson talked about the busy schedule ahead for his solar development firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. Today’s Power of Little Rock has built more than two-dozen small utility-scale solar power arrays for Arkansas electric cooperatives and other businesses.

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Jennah Denney
Renewable energy demand rises, rate hikes come into focus

A $23 million project that’s yet to come across Gray’s desk are the two proposed 5 megawatt solar arrays that will be used to power the existing sewer plants in east and west Fayetteville. Combined, the 10 megawatt solar panel system is expected to increase the city’s renewable energy consumption from city operations to 72%, from 16%. The city, Ozarks Electric and Today’s Power are working on the project that’s slated to be completed by late summer 2019, said Peter Nierengarten, sustainability director for Fayetteville. As part of the project, it will have 24 megawatt hours of on-site battery storage for when electricity generation exceeds demand and as a power source for when demand exceeds generation. And, Ozarks Electric can draw from the storage during peak use periods instead of having to purchase electricity to meet demand.

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Jennah Denney
Pushing for a More Sustainable Arkansas

The growing popularity of electric vehicles can be traced back to two distinct factors: lower costs via higher efficiency and less required maintenance and lowering one’s environmental footprint through reduction of fossil fuel dependency. Cars powered by electricity are widely considered to be one of the most sustainable means of transportation available today.

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Jennah Denney