Arkansas Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arkansas Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Arkansas Renewable Energy Development Act: Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 23-18-601 to 23-18-604

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Arkansas Clean Energy Development Act: AR Code Ann. 23-18-701 to 23-18-703

Hydraulic fracturing: AOGC Rule B-19

Regulatory Agencies

Arkansas Public Service Commission

Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission (AOGC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. In general, Arkansas has followed the lead of the federal government, although state legislation encourages the use of clean and renewable energy resources.

Administration and enforcement. The Arkansas Public Service Commission oversees the use of clean and renewable energy resources in the state. The AOGC regulates hydraulic fracturing operations in the state.

State Requirements

RENEWABLE ENERGY

AR Code Ann. 23-18-601 to 23-18-604 and AR Code Ann. 23-18-701 to 23-18-703

The Arkansas Renewable Energy Development Act encourages the production of electrical energy using renewable sources by allowing for net metering.

The Arkansas Clean Energy Development Act ensures that electric utilities must consider clean energy and renewable energy resources as part of an energy resource plan.

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

AOGC Rule B-19

Arkansas regulates hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, under its oil and gas drilling and production rules. All new wells for which an initial drilling permit is required must indicate on the initial drilling application ...


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