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Wind Power News: Arkansas


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 26, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Court documents: Elm Springs wind farm was fraud scheme

ELM SPRINGS, Ark. – A Springdale businessman involved with a failed proposal to build a wind farm in Elm Springs, pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the plan last week. From 2014-2016, Cody Fell and Dragonfly Industries collected money for a proposed wind farm in Elm Springs. 40/29 News reported when industry experts strongly criticized the plan, saying it wouldn’t work and calling it “physically impossible.” City voters rejected the wind farm in March 2016. Court documents filed in Cody . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Guilty plea: Wind farm scammed investors

FAYETTEVILLE – A proposed wind farm in Elm Springs that prompted a special election to de-annex its chosen site was always a scam, according to a recent guilty plea by one of its principal boosters. Dragonfly Industries LLC of Frisco, Texas, purported to build a wind farm for electric power generation and sought to rezone 312 acres in Elm Springs in late 2015. Instead, the scheme bilked investors out of at least $397,330, according to the guilty plea entered Thursday by . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Lone turbine in Prairie Grove a remnant of Arkansas wind power

PRAIRIE GROVE – The 100-foot wind turbine near the western edge of town stands as a guidepost, elaborate bird perch and lonely symbol of a renewable energy industry that just can’t seem to take root in Arkansas. It’s one of the only turbines in the state, more than 100 miles from the closest wind farm in Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Wind Turbine Database. Rudy Timmerman built it in the early 2000s and said he could get a couple hundred dollars’ . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Arkansas Public Service Commission approves Wind Catcher

Officials announced Tuesday that the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project was approved by Arkansas Public Service Commission. The announcement was made by Southwestern Electric Power Co. Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a joint effort between SWEPCO and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, and is a $4.5 billion project that involves building a wind farm in Oklahoma, a 350-mile power line and two substations. SWEPCO will own 70 percent of the project, and PSO the other 30 percent. The wind farm, . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • Arkansas, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t let New York drive energy policy for Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas

Not content with fouling up its own energy policy, New York – with some of the country’s highest electricity rates – wants to foul up Arkansas’s, Louisiana’s, and Oklahoma’s, too. New York state’s government-employee pension fund, run by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, owns a $100 million stake in American Electric Power (AEP), which provides electricity in the three other states mentioned above, our states. What the federal government wisely chooses not to do, activist shareholders like DiNapoli are trying to do instead. DiNapoli . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2018 • Arkansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Many were helpful in defeat of Clean Line project

Sen. Tom Cotton called me recently to give us the best news we’ve had in six years. The Department of Energy had terminated its “Participation Agreement” with Clean Line Energy’s Plains and Eastern transmission line. He said he felt the law was on our side, that we were right in our stances, but, primarily, we were persistent. Among the thousands of comments in opposition to this project from citizens and organizations, there were those who made a particular difference in . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

A utility wants to build America’s largest wind farm—and get customers to pay for it

On the gusty Oklahoma Panhandle, a fight is escalating over a $4.5 billion wind power project that stands to reshape the way Americans pay for clean energy. Across 300,000 acres (121,206 hectares) utility giant American Electric Power Co. is trying to pull off something no other company has attempted at this scale: It wants to build the nation’s largest wind farm – and it wants up-front guarantees from regulators that customers will pay the bill. The plan calls for tapping a . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

DOE drops its deal with Clean Line; Wind project won’t cross Arkansas

Two months after planners gave up hopes of crossing Arkansas with a $2.5 billion wind-energy transmission line as doomed, the U.S. Department of Energy hammered a nail in the project’s coffin Friday by ending its participation in the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. The Energy Department made the announcement in Washington, reversing an Obama-era decision to back the project, which would have built a massive 700-mile power line from the wind farms of the Oklahoma to a terminal north of . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2018 • Arkansas, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. withdraws from wind energy power line project

The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday withdrew from a 2016 agreement to partner with a private developer on a more than 700-mile transmission line that would have delivered wind power from blustery Oklahoma to Tennessee and beyond. The termination of the deal between DOE and Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners was mutual, both parties said in written statements. Clean Line’s proposed $2.2 billion Plains & Eastern transmission line was under development for eight years but faced substantial opposition from . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • Arkansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Bad deal for state; Wind Catcher won’t benefit us

Advocates of Wind Catcher tout that this project is projected to create thousands of jobs, but the truth is those jobs will all be in Oklahoma, along with millions of dollars in tax benefits, meaning there will be no economic benefit for Arkansas. Yet, it will be SWEPCO's customers in Arkansas that will end up footing a large portion of the bill, and the risk. SWEPCO's customers in Louisiana and Texas will also bear costs associated with the project and the burden if Wind Catcher fails to fully qualify for the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC). Wind Catcher's ability to qualify for the PTC is imperative to the promised projected savings and, if the PTC is compromised, so are Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas consumers. The bottom line is that Wind Catcher expects electricity consumers in surrounding states to bear the risk of the cost to build and maintain the system while receiving none of the economic benefits. Complete story »

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