Storage Is An Industry Game Changer

During my 37-year career in the utility industry, one constant has always been that electricity must be generated as consumed because you can’t store electricity.  Commodities such as natural gas can be stored in pipelines, storage facilities, liquified natural gas facilities, etc., however, electricity has always been viewed as a real-time, use it or lose it commodity. You can store energy produced by electricity in other forms such as water in a pumped storage or impoundment that can generate electricity, however, it is not truly electricity being stored. The new battery storage systems can actually store electricity.

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Jennah Denney
Energy Storage for Arkansas Utilities

“Ozarks Electric Cooperative is the first utility in the Mid-South to lead the charge on energy storage in partnership with the City of Fayetteville, who has accomplished 72 percent of their renewable energy goals with this project,” TPI spokesperson Jennah Denney says, adding that TPI is currently deploying the only energy storage system in the Mid-South.

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Jennah Denney
Ask Renewable Rayna: Arkansas Energy Legislation

Renewable energy has been a hot topic at the Arkansas State Capitol in 2019.  On February 27, Governor Asa Hutchinson declared that the 27th of February would be Arkansas Advanced Energy Day. According to recent studies, it has been proven that advanced energy technologies are generating jobs, energy savings, and have the potential to expand the Arkansas economy. According the governor’s declaration, “Energy efficiency, solar, wind and alternative fuel companies employ more than 16,000 workers and have annual sales of more than $1.7 billion in Arkansas.”

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Jennah Denney
Advanced Energy Business Leaders Join Governor to Celebrate Solar Access Act

The Solar Access Act (Senate Bill 145), sponsored by Senator Dave Wallace (R-Leachville), earned strong support from Arkansas legislators, passing the Senate by a vote of 28-2 and the House by a vote of 83-5 last month.

“From this day on, the consumers of Arkansas will drive this market,” Senator Wallace said during today’s signing ceremony. “It’s a great day for Arkansas.”

Governor Hutchinson told the business leaders and supporters gathered that this bill means Arkansas is “open for business.”

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Jennah Denney
AAEA Members Join Governor for Energy Performance Contracting Bill Signing

A bill signing ceremony was held Monday afternoon for legislation that will help spur energy efficiency and renewable energy projects among the state’s public entities, including schools, the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association announced today. Advanced energy business leaders joined Governor Asa Hutchinson, Representative Rick Beck, ADEQ Director Becky Keogh and ADEQ Associate Director Mitchell Simpson in the Governor’s conference room to celebrate the measure’s strong support among elected leaders.

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Jennah Denney