There are defined retail service areas in Arkansas. Each utility is obligated to serve the load in its service territory within the provisions of its line extension policies. Arkansas is not a retail choice state and any load locating in a utility’s service territory is required to take service from that utility unless the utility grants and the APSC approves a release for the load to be served by another utility. Please contact your local electric cooperative for information concerning your power needs and the interconnection of your load serving facilities. End-user facilities may be subject to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved mandatory North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards applicable to Load Serving Entities and possibly Distribution Providers as defined by NERC.
Any request for end-user facilities not addressed under the line extension policies of the local electric cooperatives or requests to interconnect at 69 kV or above will be considered by AECC on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the request, a process and studies similar to the ones used for small generator interconnections may be required. The process will be adapted to ensure that the impacts of the interconnection are identified and addressed to the satisfaction of all parties. If the interconnection impacts other utilities, that utility may require its own studies to be performed under its processes. In such cases, AECC will coordinate between the requestor and the other party or parties.
The most common questions asked concerning a generator interconnection are about rates and how much AECC is willing to pay for the electricity generated. The answers depend on several factors: unless the generator is a Qualifying Facility under the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s (APSC) Co-Generation Rules or a net metered generator under the APSC’s Net Metering Rules, AECC it is not obligated to purchase the energy from the generator. At AECC’s option, AECC may offer a rate to purchase the energy which is usually based on the AECC avoided cost.
Please submit any questions concerning rates through contact page and the appropriate AECC person will respond to your inquiry.