The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) has unveiled its policy recommendations for the state's long-term energy plan, including a call for a state clean energy standard (CES).
According to the AAEA, the state's economic growth is dependent upon an expansion of its energy workforce and manufacturing base through the increased development, manufacture and utilization of advanced energy technologies.
The group says that the inclusion of a CES would encourage the deployment of clean energy technology that diversifies the state's energy supply, improves energy security and creates jobs.
Such a program should include target allocations for in-state electrical generation by solar, wind and biomass, and expanded capacity goals for hydropower facilities, the group notes.
In addition, AAEA says incentives should be considered for the following:
- Manufacture of solar photovoltaic components similar to those for wind component manufacturing in Arkansas;
- Manufacture of transmission cable for carrying renewable electricity similar to those for wind component manufacturing in Arkansas;
- Manufacture of components used to store electricity produced by solar and wind;
- Installation of renewable energy components on commercial, industrial and residential properties;
- Storage facilities for electricity produced by solar and wind; and
- All renewable electricity that is built of equipment substantially manufactured, fabricated or assembled in Arkansas.
In addition to renewable energy, the group advocates for the growing use of alternative fuels, energy efficiency, and research and development.