Entergy Corporation, along with five other utilities, today announced a plan to ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to a seamless network of charging stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf Coast and Central Plains regions.
Mandatory rolling outages took place last night about two hours and affected approximately 60,000 customers across the state, who experienced temporary outages ranging between 11 to 45 minutes.
Action requested due to demand potentially exceeding available generation
Entergy Arkansas customers are asked to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage, especially between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today due to the demand for electricity potentially exceeding the available generation.
High demand on system slows restoration times
Approximately 1,600 customers remained without power Sunday evening after about 7,000 were disrupted earlier in the day as winter weather blew across the state. Forecasts call for even more extreme temperatures, sleet, and snow this week, with an unprecedented demand for electricity likely.
Sub-freezing temps forecast into next week
Crews were working to restore power Thursday to approximately 1,000 customers that remained without electricity, and those customers were expected to be restored by 10 p.m.
Forecasts call for rain, freezing rain and sleet over a large portion of the state in the next 48 hours, and Entergy Arkansas is prepping for potential outages. Those areas are likely to see ice accumulations, ranging from one-eighth to one-half inch, with below freezing temperatures and very low wind chills through Saturday.
It’s cold outside, homebound customers use more power, and a few extra days on the bill all add up to the potential for higher electric bills for January.
Total credit amount estimated at $5.6 million
Entergy Arkansas customers will see a one-time credit on February 2021 bills, following an annual adjustment based on the outcome of certain federal tax positions and a decrease in the state tax rate.
Charge Up! Arkansas, a new partnership between Entergy Arkansas and Adopt a Charger, will break ground on the first of 10 electric vehicle charging stations locations Feb. 1 at Flagpole Park in Lonoke.