Arkansas Energy Policy
The United States lacks a comprehensive energy plan, leaving state officials and public service commissioners to determine their own energy strategies. This has resulted in a patchwork of energy policies and laws, with few states looking alike.
Arkansas' energy policy has centered on promoting energy efficiency. But in recent years, businesses and residents have sought policies supporting renewable or clean energy development.
The Public Policy Center promotes the understanding of federal and state energy policy issues through research, community outreach and public education.
Arkansas Energy Policies
Sustainable Energy Resource Action Plan – In 2010, the Arkansas Public Service Commission entered an order requiring electric and natural gas utilities to implement energy efficiency measures to help customers save money and improving meter infrastructure. For more information, click here.
Net Metering Rules – Residential renewable-energy systems up to 25 kilowatts in capacity and nonresidential systems up to 300 kilowatts in capacity are eligible for net metering, a process of receiving credit for producing excess energy on individual renewable energy systems. The electricity is generated through solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass systems, fuel cells or micro turbines. Customers whose systems produce excess energy can receive credit on following monthly utility bills. However, energy credits expire at the end of each year. Contact your local utility for more information on their net metering policies.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) - PACE districts are new to Arkansas. In October 2013, the city of Fayetteville was the first municipality to take advantage of new legislation that allowed local governments to create special financing districts in which property owners could voluntarily borrow money for energy improvements with the debt being repaid through the yearly property tax bill.
Arkansas Energy Policy Resources
Solar Energy Policies and Opportunities for Poultry Growers (2012)
A review of the Delmarva region's renewable energy policies as compared to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri
Energy Efficent Lighting
There are many types of light bulbs available for purchase. This fact sheet explains the pros and cons of each type of bulb.