Arkansas smart grid toolkit



Arkansas smart grid projects

Woodruff Electric AMI

Woodruff Electric Cooperative’s (Woodruff) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project provides two-way communicating smart meters to all of its residential customers and selected commercial customers. The primary objective of the project is to gain efficiencies related to metering operations. The AMI system provides time-of-use data, outage information, and distribution load data, which is used to improve system reliability. In addition to the meters, Woodruff provides remote disconnect/reconnect switches that operate on the same existing power line carrier infrastructure as the smart meters and allow for bill prepay options for customers, remote firmware upgrades, and remote demand reset. Get details >>


News and trends in Arkansas

Clean tech jobs in Arkansas

Clean tech jobs are everything from installing solar panels to weatherizing homes basically any job that helps promote clean renewable energy. Here in Arkansas, our main clean tech industry is wind energy but if congress doesn't act fast, those jobs could quickly disappear. More at >>


South Central Arkansas Electric gets U.S. loan guarantee for $10.8 million in work

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday funding to modernize and improve the efficiency of rural electric generation and transmission systems, including the South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative. More from the Magnolia Reporter >>  


Under the hood of OG&E's successful smart grid deployment

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OG&E is a regulated electric utility company that serves over 750,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Its Positive Energy Smart Grid Program, funded in part by $130 million in stimulus dollars, has four main components. More at Smart Grid News >>


City switching to smart meters: Bentonville utilities joining others in technology’s use

In the wee hours of the night, new electric meters in this city will take half a second to beam their daily readings out into the darkness. More at >>


Arkansas grants conditional OK for Entergy to join MISO

Arkansas regulators gave conditional approval on Friday to allow Entergy Corp to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), a key decision being watched by other states that oversee its utility operations. More from Reuters >>


Proposed seven-state transmission overhaul would move wind energy to demand centers

Novi, Mich.-based ITC Holdings Corp. has filed with the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) its ITC Great Plains Expansion Project, a proposed initiative to build over 2,700 miles of new transmission lines. The plan is focused on exporting energy - including wind power - from west to east across the SPP region and beyond. More from North American Wind Power >>


DOE report points to huge potential for increasing hydroelectric power

Lock and dam facilities on the Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas Rivers have high potential for increasing hydropower generation in the U.S., according to a new report from the Department of Energy. More from Smart Grid News >> -


Arkansas utilities

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation

Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Company

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative

Arkansas Western Gas Company

Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative

Augusta Light & Power

Benton Utilities

Bentonville Light & Water System

C & L Electric Cooperative

Carroll Electric Cooperative

CenterPoint Energy

City of Paris Utilities

City of Siloam Springs

Clarksville Light & Water Company

Clay County Electric Cooperative

Conway Corporation

Craighead Electric Cooperative

Empire District Electric Company

Entergy Arkansas

Farmers Electric Cooperative

First Electric Cooperative

Hope Water & Light Company

Jonesboro City Water & Light Company

Mississippi County Electric Cooperative

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative

North Little Rock Electric Company

OG&E Energy Corp.

Osceola Municipal Light & Power

Ouachita Electric Cooperative

Ozarks Electric Cooperative

Paragould Light Water & Cable

Petit Jean Electric Cooperative

Piggott Municipal Light, Water & Sewer

Prescott Water & Light Company

Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative

South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative

Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)

West Memphis Utility Commission

Woodruff Electric Cooperative


Web resources

Arkansas Energy Office

Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

Arkansas Recovery Website

Arkansas Utilities Commission

State Corporations Division

Arkansas Renewable Energy Assn.


State contacts

Arkansas Energy Office
Arkansas Department of Economic Development
900 W. Capitol
Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501.682.1370
Fax: 501.682.7499

Chris Benson
501.682.8065 fax: 501.682.2703

Evan C. Brown
Buildings & Programs Coordinator
501.682.8065 fax: 501.682.2703

David Moody
Deputy Director
501-682-7560 fax: 501.682.2703 

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