FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2015                

Contacts: Shelly Baron, 501-537-0190 or
Steve Patterson, 501-537-0190 or

More than 100 AAEA Members Converge at State Capitol

Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) will host its second “Advanced Energy Day at the Legislature,” Tuesday, February 10 featuring advanced energy companies and technology exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda in the morning and afternoon and a policy luncheon. 

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation (AAEF) recently released an economic impact study that found over 770 advanced energy companies in Arkansas and counted more than 25,000 Arkansas workers in the advanced energy economy.  AAEA invites legislators, staffers, government officials, business leaders, the public and the media to tour the Rotunda exhibits on Tuesday and learn more about this growing sector of Arkansas’s economy.

“In Arkansas and on a national scale, energy use has been declining in recent years, and there appears little question that energy efficiency and advanced energy technologies are largely responsible,” noted Steve Patterson, AAEA Executive Director.  “Customers are saving energy costs, and there is an emerging advanced energy business sector that is growing faster than overall economies in most states, including Arkansas.  We welcome the opportunity to showcase these business and technologies to our elected officials and show them how supporting the advanced energy sector creates jobs and helps Arkansas families.”

The 2015 Advanced Energy Day at the Legislature is presented by Siemens Industry, Inc. in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy. Exhibitors will include Centerpoint Energy, Clean Line Energy Partners, FutureFuel Chemical Company, Harrison Energy Partners, Hydro-Temp, McKinstry, MISO, Nat-G: CNG Solutions, NextGen Illumination, Performance Services, PicaSolar, Powers of Arkansas, Seal Energy Solutions, and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

Media is invited to attend. Contact Shelly Baron to arrange interviews in advance at or (501) 655-2243



  • Gary McChesney, AAEA Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer at FutureFuel Chemical Co.
  • Steve Patterson, AAEA Executive Director
  • Arkansas advanced energy business leaders and CEOs


10 am – 12 pm

Advanced Energy Exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda (Arkansas State Capitol)
Member Meetings with Legislators

12 – 1 pm

Policy Luncheon in Capitol Hill Building (1524 W. 4th St.) Featuring remarks by Legislators and Advanced Energy Leaders

1 – 3 pm 

Advanced Energy Exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda (Arkansas State Capitol)
Member Meetings with Legislators

Contact for more information:
Shelly Baron, or (501) 655-2243
Steve Patterson,

RSVPs requested in advance.


Arkansas Advanced Energy Association is a business group dedicated to growing Arkansas’s economy by expanding our energy workforce and manufacturing base through the increased development, manufacture, and utilization of advanced energy technologies.

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation is the educational affiliate of the AAEA.  The Foundation promotes greater public understanding of advanced energy in Arkansas through research, public education programs and economic and workforce development. The Foundation is dedicated to informing the energy policy debate with well-researched, fact-based data on the advanced energy economy in Arkansas and by providing a public forum where state leaders can address Arkansas’s energy challenges for the future.

Report Shows Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy in Arkansas
A report released in January 2015 by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation (AAEF) shows that 25,000 Arkansans are working in the state’s advanced energy sector, with a total impact on the Arkansas economy of $2.8 billion in output.  “The Economic Impact of Advanced Energy in Arkansas: A Survey of Business Activity in 2014” can be viewed or downloaded at

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