Wind energy generation is on the rise in the states surrounding Arkansas, and the renewable resource is seeing more use from some of the state’s utility companies.

Take, for example, Southwest Power Pool of Little Rock, a regional transmission operator with a footprint covering eight states.

It’s spending about $2.8 billion of a 10-year, $6.2 billion capital improvement plan to upgrade transmission lines throughout its footprint, much of which will benefit the company’s wind portfolio. It’s also planning to add 2,000 megawatts to the 8,000 it already uses.

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