The CitySmart Program is an energy efficiency program designed to provide financial incentives to public sector, K-12 schools, and higher education customers for the installation of a wide range of energy efficiency measures that provide energy savings in eligible facilities. Projects that benefit from this program include prescriptive measures (lighting, HVAC, etc.) as well as complex commercial or projects requiring measurement and verification.
In December of 2010, the Arkansas Public Service Commission announced a [http://www.apscservices.info/pdf/08/08-144-U_153_1.pdf Sustainable Energy Resource Action Plan] for Arkansas. Along with this comprehensive plan, the Commission issued 10 Orders directing the state’s four electric and three natural gas investor-owned utilities to implement the energy efficiency measures described in the Action Plan. These orders were passed on December 10, 2010.
Empire District Electric Company (EDEC) offers rebates to residential customers for energy audits, weatherization measures, central air conditioning systems, and energy efficient home appliances. Eligible air conditioning systems are eligible for rebates between $400 and $500. Energy audits and weatherization incentives vary based upon the cost of upgrades. EDEC and other utilities participating in the Arkansas Weatherization Program will cover a significant portion of energy audit and implementation costs.
The Empire District Electric Company offers a Commercial/Industrial Prescriptive Rebate Program to its non-residential customers in Arkansas who purchase certain high-efficiency equipment for eligible facilities. A variety of prescriptive rebates are available to all electric customers served under any non-residential rate schedule in the Empire service territory. The rebates, which can be applied to both new construction and retrofit projects, are offered for high-efficiency lighting, air conditioning systems, heat pumps, chillers, motors and variable frequency drives.
This program is offered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and is available to businesses after a business certifies to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration that is has fulfilled the minimum payroll requirements and the reported payroll has been verified by the Department. The program provides annual cash payments based on a company’s annual payroll for new, full-time, permanent employees. In all tiers, a minimum payroll of new, full-time permanent employees of $2 million annually is required. The benefits depend on the tier in which a company locates.
The Cogeneration Rules are enforced by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. These rules are designed to ensure that all power producers looking to sell their power to residents of Arkansas are necessary, benefit the public and are environmentally friendly. Under these rules new facilities constructed to connect the generating facility to the transmission grid require the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CCN) or a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN).
The Coal Mining Tax Credit provides an income or insurance premium tax credit of $2.00 per ton of coal mined, produced or extracted on each ton of coal mined in Arkansas in a tax year. An additional credit of $3.00 per ton will be allowed for each ton of coal mined in Arkansas in excess of 50,000 tons in a tax year. The credit can only be earned if the coal is sold to an electric generation plant for less than $40 per ton excluding freight charges. Any unused credits may be carried forward for the next 5 succeeding tax years or until exhausted, whichever occurs first.
With the signing of Act 696 of the Arkansas 86th General Assembly (HB2460), Governor Mike Beebe established the Governor’s Commission on Global Warming. By design the Commission represents a wide diversity of views and perspectives with members coming from business, industry, environmental groups, and academia. The Governor appoints seventeen of the twenty-one members of the Commission and two members each are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Arkansas State Senate and by the Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
The CenterPoint Energy programs are available to all commercial and industrial CenterPoint Energy customers in Arkansas. The Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive program offers rebates for the installation of energy efficient furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and cooking equipment.