In April 2001, Arkansas enacted legislation (HB 2325) directing the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) to establish net-metering rules for certain renewable-energy systems.* The PSC approved final rules for net metering in July 2002. Subsequent legislation enacted in April 2007 (HB 2334) expanded the availability of net metering; increased the capacity limit for non-residential systems from 100 kilowatts (kW) to 300 kW; improved the law's provision for the carryover of net excess generation (NEG); and clarified the ownership of renewable-energy credits (RECs).
The Natural Gas Procurement Plan Rules are promulgated under the authority of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. These rules require that utilities develop and maintain a diversified gas supply portfolio. The portfolio should consist of an appropriate combination of different types of gas purchase contracts and/or financial hedging instruments designed to yield an appropriate balance of reliability, reduced volatility and reasonable price.
Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property owners to borrow money to pay for energy improvements. The amount borrowed is typically repaid via property taxes, with a special assessment on the property over a period of years. Arkansas authorized PACE financing in 2013 with Senate Bill 640. Specifically, the state, cities, counties, and combinations of cities and counties may create a property assessed energy improvement district by adopting an ordinance and entering into a joint agreement with any other participating governmental bodies.
In April 2001, Arkansas enacted legislation directing the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) to establish net-metering rules for certain renewable-energy systems. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted net-metering rules in July 2002 (Order No. 02-046-R). Section 3 applies to the interconnection of net-metered facilities to existing electric power systems.* Systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass resources are eligible to interconnect and net meter. Microturbines and fuel cells using renewable resources are also eligible.
There are multiple tax credit programs for businesses new to Arkansas. Additionally, there are investment tax credit programs, job creation incentives, discretionary incentives, and targeted business incentives, particularly distributed energy generation.
The Hazardous Waste Program is carried out by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality which administers its' program under the Hazardous Waste management Act (Arkansas Code Annotated 8-7-202.) The Hazardous Waste Program is based off of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act set forth in 40 CFR parts 260-279. Due to the great similarity to the Federal standards the differences are what define this program and are listed with reference to the corresponding federal law:
Effective July 1, 2005, Act 1770 (the Arkansas Energy and Natural Resources Conservation Act), encourages all state agencies, including institutions of higher education, to use Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes rating systems whenever possible and appropriate in conducting or funding a public building project.
Arkansas' Forests are managed by the Arkansas Forestry Commission. In 2010 the Commission completed the state's Forest Action Plan which comprised both the Forest Resource Assessment and Forest Resource Strategy documents:
First Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, serves over 85,000 member accounts throughout parts of seventeen counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The Home Improvement Loan Program allows members to borrow between $500 and $15,000 for energy efficiency home improvements associated with heat pumps, First Electric products and portable home generators. For loans under $2500, there is a filing fee of $20; for loans over $2,500, the fee is $60. Only single-family primary residences served by FECC are eligible.
Entergy Arkansas offers the Home Energy Solutions Program to help residential customers understand and make energy efficiency improvements in participating homes. Customers can call a toll-free number to reach an energy efficiency solutions representative who can direct the customer to the best energy efficiency solution based on the customer’s need.