Little Rock, Ark. — Sept. 27, 2016 — The Carl E. Bailey Generating Station in Augusta will mark 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

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, were 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.

“The Bailey generating station has helped provide electric cooperative members with reliable and affordable electric service for the past five decades,” said Duane Highley, CEO/president of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “The Bailey Generating Station and other cooperative-owned power production facilities were built to ensure that Arkansas’ electric cooperatives had access to plentiful and diverse energy resources. These resources provide their members and communities with the power they need to grow and thrive.”

AECC is now the lowest cost generation and transmission cooperative in the United States, which Highley attributes to loyal, member-focused employees and the great vision of Arkansas electric cooperative pioneers.

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 more than 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states

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