Just as they were pioneers in the development of rural electrification, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas were also at the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Long before "green power" became a household phrase, the cooperatives began a commitment to develop hydropower along the Arkansas River to the fullest extent possible.
Twenty years and $330 million later, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas operate three environmentally friendly hydropower plants that provide low-cost, clean energy to more then 490,000 Arkansans across the state. In addition to those plants, they own five other power plants and co-own portions of three others. These plants, which burn natural gas and low-sulphur coal, meet or exceed all federal environmental requirements.
As we continue to look for innovative ways to provide Arkansans with environmentally sound power resources, we are asking for your help. New technology needs to be developed, and that is costly. To support this effort, we are offering a new GreenPower program in which you can contribute to the development of additional renewable energy resources, as well as further help spread the word about ways to use energy more efficiently.