Arkansas Energy

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Members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation, all Republicans, met Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to discuss concerns about the proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project.

The roughly 700 mile power grid would move wind energy from Oklahoma, through Arkansas to Tennessee.

In a statement, Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman said:

Arkansas' two Republican senators say they will place a hold on a confirmation vote for a U.S. Department of Energy nominee because of their concerns over a proposed wind-energy transmission line that would cross the state.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton said Wednesday they will place a hold on the confirmation vote for Victoria Wassmer, who is President Barack Obama's nominee for the department's undersecretary for management and performance.

A Senate committee advanced Wassmer's nomination last month.

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock unveiled a new power generation plant on campus Wednesday that university officials said will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the coming years.

During a ceremony at the campus, university officials and representatives of Little Rock-based energy firm TME demonstrated UALR’s top-of-the-line power plant, capable of powering the campus during outages or scheduled power grid interruptions.

Residents of Faulkner, Conway and Van Buren counties have filed a class action lawsuit against five energy companies claiming they made fictitious deductions and charges against royalty owners.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that the 88 residents represented in the lawsuit are royalty owners of oil, gas and mineral interests in lands and wells located within the three counties.

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Although gas prices have edged up in recent weeks across Arkansas and the rest of the U.S., the monthly average for a gallon of regular unleaded is expected to decline between Thanksgiving and Christmas as unplanned refinery outages this fall come back online, according to Tuesday’s short-term energy forecast by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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President Barack Obama on Friday (Nov. 6) rejected the Keystone XL pipeline proposal after a lengthy State Department review of the controversial project. The move ignited a barrage of criticism from Arkansas’ Congressional delegation and the oil and gas industry.

“Shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America’s energy security,” Obama said in a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry at this side.

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More than 50,000 workers across the U.S. will join the unemployment line ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, but the good news is that employers are cutting fewer positions than a year ago, according to the latest layoff report released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

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The U.S. Department of Energy released its final environmental impact statement for the proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project, a controversial $2 billion electric transmission line that proposes to deliver up to 3,500 megawatts of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states.

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Less than a full business day after the final rules for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan were published on Friday in the Federal Register, legal challenges from industry groups to halt the new greenhouse gas rules are already piling up at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The newly hired chief of Walmart’s energy division told members of the Arkansas Advance Energy Association on Tuesday that the retail giant’s ultimate goal in becoming 100% sustainable and supplied by renewable energy is still to reduce costs and bring lower prices to the retail giant’s millions of customers

“My responsibility as we execute these (goals) that we are doing is that at the same time we are reducing costs to Walmart and passing it on to the customers,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of Walmart energy.

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Monthly and quarterly severance tax collections in Arkansas at the end of September have declined to levels not seen in several years as wellhead prices for natural gas have brought drilling activity in the Natural State to a virtual standstill.

The state’s drill-bit collapse has left tax revenue for natural gas production at only $3.79 million at the end of September, down 50% from $7.56 million a year ago, monthly tax data compiled by the Revenue Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration shows.

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Thanks to a multimillion dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Arkansas will lead a new national center that will focus on upgrading and protecting the nation’s energy grid from cyber-attacks.

University officials said the new educational venture is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from research partners.

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U.S. nuclear power plants showed marked improvements in performance this summer and saw outages fall to the lowest level ever recorded in early August since federal regulators began collecting such data in 2007, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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A 51-year-old power plant in Arkansas was brought down in a series of implosions as Entergy Arkansas moves forward with more modern electricity-generating facilities.

The demolition was finished Thursday at the Robert E. Ritchie power plant in Helena-West Helena, a city in the Mississippi Delta region about 70 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

The plant's boiler and a 450-foot emissions stack were safely brought to the ground on Thursday.

The plant was built in the 1960s and utility spokesman David Lewis says the plant was officially retired in 2013.

Former Fayetteville Shale producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. has finalized two new gas gathering agreements with Tulsa-based Williams Companies for its production in the Haynesville Shale and its dry gas operations in the Utica Shale located in eastern Ohio.

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