About the Energy Commission 

As Chairperson of the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission, I want to welcome you to our website. This website is developed to keep you informed on our work. This commission was charged by the Arkansas Legislature in 2009 to begin to study the needs and impacts of various forms of alternative energy on the economic future of Arkansas. The commission’s duties include:

  1. Studying the feasibility of creating or expanding alternative energy sources in Arkansas;
  2. The effects of the use of alternative energy sources on the economic development of the state; and
  3. Other issues related to alternative energy production and use and the economic impact of alternative energy that the commission considers appropriate.

The commission invites you to attend meetings and to view the presentations, minutes and other resources available on this website.

Leo Hauser, Chairperson

 

Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission

Act 1301 of the Arkansas 86th General Assembly (HB1796) created the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission (AAEC). The commission was enacted to study the needs and impacts of various forms of alternative energy on the economic future of Arkansas; and for other purposes. The commission’s duties include:

  1. Studying the feasibility of creating or expanding alternative energy sources in Arkansas, including without limitation:
      • Bioenergy, including without limitation energy from biomass. “Biomass” includes agricultural waste, wood waste, poultry litter, and animal waste.
      • “Poultry litter” means poultry manure combined with wood shavings, straw, rice hulls, and other bedding material;
      • Ethanol;
      • Solar power;
      • Energy derived from animal waste;
      • Wind power; and
      • Other energy sources identified by the commission.
  2. The effects of the use of alternative energy sources on the economic development of the state; and
  3. Other issues related to alternative energy production and use and the economic impact of alternative energy that the commission considers appropriate.

The commission includes six (6) members that represent utilities that are concerned with alternative energy development and nine (9) members who are consumers concerned with alternative energy development.

A copy of the legislation is available at http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

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