This Public News Service article discusses the massive savings advanced energy has already generated in Arkansas and the future savings advanced energy can produce. AEE's state partner, AAEA's executive director, Katie Niebaum, was asked about the state of Arkansas advanced energy. Link to the full article here. Excerpts below:
Saving energy in Arkansas is giving the state money to spend in its economic sector.
Tuesday, industry experts will join local and state leaders at the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Summit in Little Rock.
The AEPC program has saved public entities in the state more than $120 million since 2014, and enables municipalities, universities and state agencies to improve energy efficiency with no upfront cost.
Katie Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says the summit is expected to generate additional projects in future years.
"It's really been a success story here in Arkansas that is creating jobs, saving taxpayer dollars and conserving energy, and we've really seen an explosion of interest in this program," she states.
According to the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation, nearly 700 companies employing 16,000 Arkansans are involved in the advanced energy economy, which aims to reduce the energy requirement needed to sustain the same level of service.
See the entire PNS article here.