Energy in Arkansas

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Arkansas: Opportunities for a Clean Energy Economy


March 28, 2011

Research Report E104



Max NeubauerSteven Nadel, Jacob Talbot, Amanda Lowenberger, Dan Trombley, Sarah Black, Nate Kaufman, Shruti Vaidyanathan, Ben Foster, and Skip Laitner (ACEEE); Marca Hagenstad, Dan Violette, and Stuart Schare (Navigant Consulting, Inc.); David White and Rick Hornby (Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.)



This report examines the potential electricity, natural gas, and fuel savings that could be realized in Arkansas through the implementation of a suite of eleven energy efficiency and nine transportation policies and quantifies the growth in gross state product and employment that would result from these investments. Arkansas is currently transitioning from its two-year “Quick Start” utility energy efficiency program phase towards a “comprehensive” phase that will pursue more aggressive savings and increased funding as stipulated by the 10 Orders issued by the Arkansas Public Service Commission in December 2010. This report also discusses several enabling policies that are intended to facilitate the transition into the comprehensive phase, allowing Arkansas to capture more savings and economic benefits from the current and future programs. At stake is the economic vitality of a state that is both heavily industrialized and rural, and is also one of the more energy-intensive: Arkansas is ranked the 11th highest in the nation in energy consumption per dollar of gross state product. In order for the Arkansas economy to continue to expand and ensure adequate energy resources in the future to accommodate this growth, the state must capitalize on its vast efficiency potential while leveraging the momentum generated by efficiency policies recently implemented, such as energy savings targets for state-owned buildings. Our analysis shows that sustained investments in efficiency will not only help reduce growth in energy demand, they will also catalyze economic development and create tens of thousands of new, "green collar" jobs, positioning Arkansas as a regional and national efficiency leader.


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In addition to the energy efficiency and renewable energy information included in the previous sections of the website, the Arkansas Energy Office aims to provide essential information about all types of energy in Arkansas, which can be accessed through the topic areas to the left.

Furthermore, in an attempt to provide timely, informative articles on the development of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy policy in Arkansas, the Arkansas Energy Office and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center have developed the quarterly publication Energizing Arkansas.  This publication can be browsed via the individual story links posted to the right or in a complete, downloadable PDF.

New Energizing Arkansas - Agriculture Issue

Energy Saving Ideas

A series of two-page Fact Sheets has been developed for Energy Efficiency Arkansas, a partnership between the Arkansas Energy Office and Arkansas’s investor owned gas and electric utilities and cooperatives. These fact sheets include helpful tips and facts on heating, cooling, water heating, appliances and lighting and sealing air leaks.