The Arkansas advanced energy market is stronger than ever, as illustrated by the 2019 Annual Report from the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association. Significant growth has been seen throughout the market and AAEA expects another year of expansion and opportunity for all Arkansans.
AAEA, the business voice for advanced energy in Arkansas, remains focused on policies that encourage the growth of the advanced energy economy and workforce, industry leaders said.
“This is an exciting time for Arkansasas’s advanced energy economy” said Gary McChesney, Chief Technology Officer for FutureFuel Chemical Company in Batesville and Chairman of the AAEA Board of Directors. “This is an exciting time for Arkansas’s advanced energy economy. We continue to see a growing demand for advanced energy technologies, which we know creates career opportunities, secures local community investment and generates energy savings. The advanced energy economy, led by AAEA’s innovative business leaders, is an increasingly important economic driver in our state with tremendous opportunity ahead.”
The Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation (AAEF), the educational affiliate of AAEA, has established a reputation as the leading source for well-researched, fact-based data on the Arkansas advanced energy economy and convener of educational programming where advanced energy leaders and other influencers discuss Arkansas’s energy landscape and opportunities for the future.
“We continue to see local entrepreneurs invest in communities across the state, delivering positive economic benefits provided by advanced energy solutions” said Douglas Hutchings CEO of Picasolar and Chairman of the AAEF Board of Directors. “Weekly headlines of new advanced energy projects (particularly solar) might give the impression that saturation must be soon, but the vast majority of opportunities have yet to be developed. That’s why I know 2020 will be an even more bustling year for the Arkansas advanced energy economy. AAEF’s work fostering this growth continues to play a critical role.”