Mollie Campbell,, 501-537-0190

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association’s 5th annual “emPOWERing Arkansas” conference set for Oct. 11

Little Rock, AR – More than 200 advanced energy leaders and policy makers from across the state will gather Tuesday, October 11th for the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association’s (AAEA) 5th annual meeting and policy conference, “emPOWERing Arkansas,” at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

This year’s event will celebrate the latest advanced energy technologies and their impact on the Arkansas economy. The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Katherine Johnson, independent monitor of Arkansas’s utility energy efficiency programs; a panel discussion on renewable energy with executives of Arkansas’s utility companies; and the presentation of the Ron Bell Advanced Energy Leadership Award.

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Mollie Campbell,, 501-537-0190

emPOWERing Arkansas
AAEA’s 5th Annual Meeting & Policy Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Embassy Suites
11301 Financial Centre Parkway
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211

Program agenda:

8:30 – 9:30 am Check-in and Meet & Greet

9:30 – 11:30 am Policy Roundtable Discussion: Renewable Energy Deployment in Arkansas – a Public Utility Perspective

  • Venita McCellon-Allen, president and chief operating officer, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)
  • Andrew Lachowsky, vice president of planning and market operations, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corporation (AECC)
  • Paul Means, manager of public affairs, Entergy Arkansas
  • Ken Smith, policy director, AAEA (moderator)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Networking

12:00 – 1:30 pm Keynote Lunch Program

Ron Bell Advanced Energy Leadership Award presentation. Finalists:

  • Ron Hughes, owner and president, Home Energy Rating Services, Inc.
  • Chris Ladner, founding partner, Viridian
  • Dr. Corbet Lamkin, chancellor emeritus, Southern Arkansas University Tech
  • Orlo Stitt, founder and president, Stitt Energy Systems

Keynote address: Dr. Katherine Johnson, President of Johnson Consulting Group and the Independent Monitor of Arkansas’s Utility Energy Efficiency Programs: Successes and Challenges Facing Arkansas’s Public Utilities

1:30 pm Closing Remarks


The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) is the business voice for advanced energy in Arkansas. AAEA is dedicated to growing Arkansas’s economy through expanded utilization of advanced energy technologies, including energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, alternative fuels and smart grid. These are innovations that make our energy supply more secure, clean and affordable. Visit, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.