March 28, 2011
Research Report E104
Max Neubauer, Steven Nadel, Jacob
Talbot, Amanda Lowenberger, Dan Trombley, Sarah Black, Nate Kaufman, Shruti
Vaidyanathan, Ben Foster, and Skip Laitner (ACEEE); Marca Hagenstad, Dan
Violette, and Stuart Schare (Navigant Consulting, Inc.); David White and Rick
Hornby (Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.)
This report examines the
potential electricity, natural gas, and fuel savings that could be realized in
Arkansas through the implementation of a suite of eleven energy efficiency and
nine transportation policies and quantifies the growth in gross state product
and employment that would result from these investments. Arkansas is currently
transitioning from its two-year “Quick Start” utility energy efficiency program
phase towards a “comprehensive” phase that will pursue more aggressive savings
and increased funding as stipulated by the 10 Orders issued by the Arkansas
Public Service Commission in December 2010. This report also discusses several
enabling policies that are intended to facilitate the transition into the comprehensive
phase, allowing Arkansas to capture more savings and economic benefits from the
current and future programs. At stake is the economic vitality of a state that
is both heavily industrialized and rural, and is also one of the more
energy-intensive: Arkansas is ranked the 11th highest
in the nation in energy consumption per dollar of gross state product. In order
for the Arkansas economy to continue to expand and ensure adequate energy
resources in the future to accommodate this growth, the state must capitalize
on its vast efficiency potential while leveraging the momentum generated by
efficiency policies recently implemented, such as energy savings targets for
state-owned buildings. Our analysis shows that sustained investments in
efficiency will not only help reduce growth in energy demand, they will also
catalyze economic development and create tens of thousands of new, "green
collar" jobs, positioning Arkansas as a regional and national efficiency
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In addition to the energy efficiency and renewable energy information included in the previous sections of the website, the Arkansas Energy Office aims to provide essential information about all types of energy in Arkansas, which can be accessed through the topic areas to the left.
Furthermore, in an attempt to provide timely, informative articles on the development of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy policy in Arkansas, the Arkansas Energy Office and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center have developed the quarterly publication Energizing Arkansas. This publication can be browsed via the individual story links posted to the right or in a complete, downloadable PDF.
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