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A new wind farm in Oklahoma, owned by Southwestern Electric Power Company and sister utility, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, recently began to generate renewable electricity to SWEPCO customers in Arkansas. Two more additional wind facilities under construction will also go on-line in the near future. Peter Main, spokesperson for SWEPCO, details the North Central Energy Facilities project, in light of SWEPCO's clean energy goals. 

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After back to back winter storms two weeks ago dropped temperatures to as much as negative 20 degrees along with several inches of snow, Arkansans are now bracing for their upcoming utility bills. Energy company representatives told lawmakers in a hearing this week that high demand and short supply dramatically drove up the price of natural gas and all modes of energy production performed less than optimally during several days of brutal weather.

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The Sierra Club has issued a new report titled The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges, which ranks electric utilities operating across the U.S. on efforts to phase out coal-burning power plants and construction of new natural gas burning electric facilities, as well as investments in clean energy. The report coincides with the launch of a interactive online dashboard.

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In mid-March, SWEPCO, Southwestern Electric Power Company, announced reaching a settlement agreement to purchase several new wind generation and transmission facilities in north central Oklahoma. Spokesperson Peter Main says, pending final public service approval, the wind farms, which will go online late 2021, will add 810 megawatts of renewable energy to the utility's resource mix.

The proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project will generate 6 million megawatt-hours of new wind energy. The project is expected to save customers more than $5 billion over the 25-year life of the wind farm.

A University of Arkansas research team surveyed hundreds of Northwest Arkansas political and business leaders on state energy policy issues. The study stems from a surge of interest in the local electrical grid over the past year, due to controversy over a proposed 60-mile long interstate power transmission line that would cut a wide swath through north Benton and Carroll Counties.