Augusta Generating Station marks 50 years of operation
The Carl E. Bailey Generating Station in Augusta marked its 50th anniversary of commercial operation on Oct. 3 with an event at the Augusta facility. The 122-megawatt plant was Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (AECC) second power plant.
The natural gas-based plant began commercial operation in 1966 thanks in large part to Thomas B. Fitzhugh who, along with plant namesake Gov. Carl E. Bailey, was instrumental in the passage of the 1937 Arkansas legislation that authorized the formation of Arkansas’ electric cooperatives. Fitzhugh, an Augusta native, later led efforts to pass legislation that enabled Arkansas’ electric cooperatives to build power generation facilities, such as the Bailey plant.
Co-ops receive environmental award
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OEC) were recently recognized with the Arkansas Environmental Federation (AEF) Diamond Award along with other partners for the Aerojet Rocketdyne Solar Farm in Camden.
Each year, the AEF Diamond Award recognizes one company that demonstrates initiative and/or leadership in managing its environmental efforts. This year’s award recognizes the Aerojet Rocketdyne Solar Farm, which now powers approximately 30 percent of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden operations, and also provides power to AECC. The solar farm is the largest operating solar field in Arkansas. The 12-megawatt (alternating current) array, located in the Highland Industrial Park, is owned and operated by Silicon Ranch Corp. and is capable of generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 2,400 single-family homes with zero emissions.
Arkansas co-op crews help restore power in Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath
On Oct. 6, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas crews were dispatched to assist with power restoration efforts resulting from Hurricane Matthew. The crews included 88 linemen from Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., (AECI) of Little Rock, Craighead Electric Cooperative of Jonesboro, First Electric Cooperative of Jacksonville, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Salem and South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Arkadelphia. The crews worked outages in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina before returning to Arkansas.
Mark your calendar to move your clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time (DST) for 2016 ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 6. DST, which is designed to add an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, began this year on March 13. It will begin again at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 12, 2017. U.S. Department of Transportation studies have shown that DST cuts the nation’s energy usage by about 1 percent per day because less power is needed for lighting and appliance use.