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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 19, 2017 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

DOE considers controversial power project opposed by lawmakers

In their meeting with Perry, the Arkansas lawmakers said DOE “circumvented” the will of the state, as expressed in the state Public Service Commission’s rejection of Clean Line’s plan, by relying, for the first time ever, on Section 1222 of the 2005 Energy Policy Act. The provision allows the transmission industry to use federal siting powers to overrule state and local objections to transmission development along the line’s route. “This is really a matter of state’s rights,” said a staffer working for one of the Arkansas lawmakers. “We’re all for a diverse energy portfolio, but they’re taking the states out of the process. We just want the states to be heard.” Complete story »

April 22, 2017 • Arkansas, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Governor’s signature gives landowners hope

For more than four years landowners in Sequoyah County and neighboring Arkansas counties have questioned the need for overhead transmission lines that by necessity would mean landowners along the given route, would have to either sell their land outright or grant an easement to Clean Line, LLC. For most of that time, landowners have fought against the energy transmission lines crossing their properties. With a swift stroke of the pen on Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin ended the tax credit incentives . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2017 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Bill targets Clean Line, contrasting with Trump’s zeal for infrastructure

Opponents and supporters of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, a $2 billion power line project that would transmit wind-generated electricity across the width of Arkansas, have opened an ideological battle that puts the all-Republican Arkansas congressional delegation in Washington at odds with the new infrastructure-friendly mindset of President Donald J. Trump. Citing the need for local control and landowner rights, Arkansas’ national lawmakers specifically targeted the Clean Line in reintroducing legislation Monday that would require permission from state officials . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2016 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Clean Line meets resistance from Arkansas lawmakers

Who wouldn’t support a project that promises to bring cheap, clean power to 160,000 Arkansas homes along with hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars for state landowners and schools? Well, every member of the Arkansas congressional delegation, for starters. The state’s lawmakers in Washington all oppose plans for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, which would deliver wind-generated power from the Oklahoma Panhandle to near Memphis through transmission lines running the width of Arkansas. The $2 billion-plus . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2016 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Demand set: Files of wind farm bid

A circuit judge has subpoenaed the records related to the failed effort to build a wind farm west of Springdale. In August, Washington County Circuit Judge Cristi Beaumont demanded all records related to Dragonfly Industries International, Elite Energy and the purchase of 300 acres on the west end of Elm Springs. The judge’s action comes in regard to a lawsuit filed in March by a contractor who contends he hasn’t been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans and . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2016 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

State says halt securities sales for wind farm; Order says investors misled

The Arkansas Securities Department has issued a cease-and-desist order against a Texas company and its CEO over what the state called the illegal sale of securities involving a proposed wind farm in Northwest Arkansas. The civil order from the Arkansas securities commissioner contends Chief Executive Officer Jody Davis misled three investors who together provided $120,000 to Dragonfly Industries, a company that planned to use a novel wind turbine design at a facility west of Springdale and just outside the city . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2016 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Opponents sue to block Clean Line project

LITTLE ROCK – Opponents of a planned transmission line across Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma and Tennessee said Friday they have filed a federal lawsuit objecting to the U.S. Department of Energy’s participation in the project. Golden Bridge and Downwind, two organizations representing landowners who oppose the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project, said they filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock. The suit was not available on the court’s website Monday evening, and the groups did not . . . Complete story »

June 16, 2016 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

U.S. House bill to block Clean Line Energy project clears committee

LITTLE ROCK – A bill aimed at stopping a project to transmit wind energy across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee passed out of a U.S. House committee Wednesday. In a 19-11 vote, the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced the Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land, or APPROVAL, Act by Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers. The bill goes to the House. Womack filed the bill in response to a project by Clean Line Energy Partners of Houston to construct a . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2016 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Senators file amendment to block Clean Line funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) and John Boozman (R-Rogers) filed an amendment last month to block funding to the Plains and Eastern Clean Line high-voltage transmission line proposal. Cotton and Boozman have attempted to block all federal funds to the $2.5 billion project that would include construction through the Arkansas River Valley, a proposed converter station to be built in Pope County and the promise of thousands of new jobs. Cotton pointed out that the project has been . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2016 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Cotton, Boozman seek to block funding for Clean Line project

Arkansas’ congressional delegation and some landowners have objected to the project, raising concerns that the federal government is bypassing state regulators and will take private property through eminent domain. “The Department of Energy’s decision to move forward with the Clean Line transmission project despite the objections of Arkansans is executive overreach at its worst,” Cotton and Boozman said in their release. “Despite our best efforts to work with the Department of Energy, Secretary (Ernest) Moniz has proven himself unwilling to compromise and we must take action to stop this assault on Arkansas and the rights of private property owners.” Complete story »

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