Little Rock, Ark. — July 27, 2016 — The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) will host a four-hour workshop on Sept. 20 to assist local and state economic developers in partnering with electric utilities with prospective industrial prospects.

“One goal of the workshop is to facilitate a better understanding of the information that electricity providers need in order to best assist economic develop professionals to attract prospective companies,” said J.D. Lowery, manager of economic development for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

He said the free workshop will enable economic developers to better understand the basics of the electric utility sector and will cover rates, regional transmission organization markets, transmission and generation.

“MISO is happy to partner with AECC and discuss growing the local economy,” said Terri Hollingsworth, south regional director – economic development for MISO. “MISO benefits economic development by ensuring reliable and cost-effective power across the region.”

To register for the event, please respond to or contact J.D. Lowery at

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

AECC is a member of MISO. MISO is an essential link in the reliable, cost-effective delivery of electric power across all or parts of 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. As a regional transmission organization, MISO assures consumers of unbiased regional grid management and open access to the transmission facilities under MISO’s functional supervision.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or