An empty field next to UA – Pulaski Tech Business and Industry Center will soon be home to rows of utility poles for training line workers. Leaders from utility companies in the state, workforce development groups and community colleges were on hand Monday while workers set the first pole for the new certified line worker training program.
Entergy Arkansas, LLC, (NYSE: ETR) and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) announced today plans to build a 100-megawatt solar energy facility in White County near Searcy. This project, pending approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, will be the largest utility-owned solar facility in the state and the first to feature a battery for storing solar power. This will be Entergy’s third large-scale solar project in Arkansas and would allow the company to offer Entergy Arkansas customers a total of 281 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power about 45,000 homes.
Out of concern for security and safety, Entergy Arkansas began March 1 closing the gate on the road to the tailrace area at the base of Remmel Dam at 10 p.m. nightly. The gate is re-opened at 5 a.m.
February 24-March2 is Arkansas Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Arkansas
Arkansas high school seniors can now apply for the Oscar Washington Jr., Educational Fund Scholarship, which will award a minimum of seven $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school students. Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a degree at a four-year college and will be based on academic achievement, financial need and volunteer service.
Chris Brown has been promoted to director of Entergy Arkansas Distribution Operations Central Region. Brown replaces Michael Considine, who was promoted to vice president, customer service for Entergy Arkansas. Brown has served most recently as line supervisor for the Jacksonville network.
Entergy Arkansas customers will receive free tax preparation at Entergy’s Super Tax Day program held Saturdays in February. At local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites, Central Arkansas Development Council, Arkansas Community Organization, Bank On Arkansas+, and Entergy volunteers help qualified residents claim federal Earned Income Tax Credits.
It may be a new year, but 2019 has seen the same old scams from con artists. Entergy Arkansas is aware of scammers across the state trying to get money from customers over the phone with threats of shut-off. Small businesses are typically the target.
Entergy Arkansas President and CEO Laura Landreaux added two new members to her lead team. Michael Considine has been selected to serve as vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas. William Cunningham has been named director of finance.