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ArkansasDespite its reputation as “The Natural State,” Arkansas has no utility-scale solar or wind energy projects currently in operation. In fact, it relies on coal imports to generate about half of its electricity, which means the state sends over $600 million out-of-state every year.1
Source:
Union of Concerned Scientists, January 2014
http://bit.ly/1Fam0P6
Virtually all of its non-hydro renewable energy generation, equal to 2% of its electricity capacity, comes from biomass plants.2
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1I2jKry


A net-metering policy and related interconnection standard have helped the state’s distributed solar industry gain a (very) small foothold. And tax credits for the manufacture of wind turbine components have attracted 11 companies to the state.3
Source:
Southeastern Wind Coalition, December 2014
http://bit.ly/1MO5MvZ
Plus, an energy efficiency resource standard, combined with state loans that allow businesses to use electricity savings as repayment, earned Arkansas recognition as one of the most improved for the energy efficiency industry in 2014.4
Source:
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
http://bit.ly/1xkjsLZ


Learn more about energy in Arkansas with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.


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