Finalists Selected for the 2019 ADEQ Environmental Awards

Finalists have been selected for the 2019 Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Environmental Awards. This year marks the 15th annual Arkansas Environmental Stewardship (ENVY) Award, the 4th annual Arkansas Environmental Technology (TECHe) Award, and the 3rd annual Arkansas Energy Excellence (E2) Award.This is the 2nd year that the ADEQuest Science Award will be presented.  Congratulations to our clients, Husqvarna Group and Craighead Electric Cooperative for being nominated!

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Jennah Denney
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