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Electric Utilities The Commission Regulates
The Arkansas Public Service Commission regulates
twenty-four electric utilities in the State, including four investor-owned utilities, one generation and transmission cooperative utility,
seventeen distribution cooperative utilities, and two Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO).
What The Commission Does Not Regulate
The Commission does not regulate municipally owned utilities, public power agencies, or exempt wholesale generators
(Independent Power Producers).
On February 21, 2003, the Arkansas General Assembly passed
Act 204 of 2003, The Electric Utility Regulatory Reform Act,
repealing Chapter 19 of Title 23 (Act 1556 of 1999 and Act 324
of 2001). Act 204 found that it was in the public
interest to continue regulating electric utility rates for the
foreseeable future. All rules and regulations adopted by
the Commission to facilitate or in anticipation of retail
electric competition were rendered unnecessary by or were
superceded by this Act.
Regional Transmission Organizations
In October, 2004, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Southwest Power Pool's (SPP) request to operate as a
RTO. Southwestern Electric Power Company, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company and The Empire District
Electric Company are members of the SPP RTO. Entergy Arkansas, Inc., which serves a significant portion of Arkansas, became a member of
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) RTO in December, 2014. Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation is a member of the
SPP RTO and the MISO RTO.
Exempt Wholesale Generators (Independent Power Producers)
Exempt wholesale generators are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission in
accordance with Act 1322 of 1999.
Generally, new transmission 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) by the Commission. The filing requirements
for CCNs and CECPNs are found in Section 6 of the Commission’s
of Practice and Procedure
rules, and terms and conditions for service are found in
the utility tariffs approved by the
Commission for each jurisdictional electric utility.
Distribution Cooperative Cost of Debt and Cost of Energy Reporting
Distribution Cooperatives report cost of debt and cost of energy adjustment factors to the Commission in accordance with the
Distribution Cooperative Cost of Debt and Cost of Energy Uniform Reporting Procedures.
Director, Electric Section
Arkansas Public Service Commission
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