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The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) will hold it’s 9th annual meeting and policy conference on October 14, 2021 at Heifer International’s outdoor pavilion space. This is the state’s largest gathering of advanced energy related organizations from biofuels, solar power, performance contractors, electric vehicles and chargers to all of the customers they serve including municipalities, cities, school districts and farmers. Advanced energy leaders and policymakers from across the state and region will meet to address trends and challenges facing the state’s and nation’s advanced energy landscape.

Event attendees will hear industry updates from Public Service Commission Chair Ted Thomas and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Becky Keogh, in addition to a series of three panels:

Driving the Electric Vehicle Movement : Navigating electrification throughout the vehicle industry
As fleets seek to decrease costs, fulfill new regulations, and address social pressures for greener transportation choices, the topic of advanced energy in transportation is gaining traction. Because fleet electrification entails more than just acquiring an electric vehicle (EV), this panel will include specialists in charging infrastructure, electric cars, alternative mobility initiatives, and fleet professionals themselves. 

Public Private Partnerships : How utilities and customers are working together for a more sustainable future
This panel will discuss how utilities and customers are working together on projects that not only help customers meet individual sustainability goals but move Arkansas closer to decarbonizing the grid. Attendees will hear how Entergy, Walmart, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and the City of Fayetteville are doing just that by working collaboratively on utility-based green energy programs and customer specific renewable energy installations. 

Agricultural Adoption of Advanced Energy : How the state’s largest industry is implementing new energy technologies
Advanced energy is increasing on farms across the state as producers seek to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. With so much risk already at stake for producers including market prices, weather conditions and trade wars, growers are finding that implementing untraditional energy sources can help provide stability in the highly variable business model of agricultural production. This discussion will explore benefits of advanced energy, financing options and the future of the two industries to grow together.

In the spirit of celebrating the latest advanced energy technologies and their impact on the Arkansas economy, the event will also recognize three individuals as recipients of the following awards:
• Ron Bell Award – To recognize an individual with a strong record of outstanding and consistent contributions to Arkansas’s advanced energy industry, whose work is having a significant, sustainable impact on the industry

• Advanced Energy Rising Star Award – To recognize a “rising star” within the industry for contributions to his/her organization and/or growing impact on the industry

• Advanced Energy Business Innovation Award – To recognize an AAEA member company for courage, savvy and innovation to expand the market for its products and/or services Nominations can by made by any AAEA member here by September 17. The emPOWER event will also include a luncheon and industry awards presentation, sponsor trade show and a networking reception immediately following all programming. A virtual option is available for attendees wishing to participate digitally. 

“In the ever changing climate of advanced energy, it is imperative that all industry stakeholders come together regularly to ensure cohesion and continued progress,” said Lisa Perry, Senior Manager of Energy Services at Walmart and AAEA Board Event Chair. “EmPOWER provides an opportunity for valuable collaboration as well as insight to current and upcoming industry issues.” 

Event sponsorships are available to entities looking to reach the projected 200 meeting attendees. Complete details and partnership options are available online here. Sponsorships and materials must be submitted here by October 1. 

A set number of attendee registrations are included with sponsorship packages. Individual ticket purchase is available here through October 1. 

In addition to a virtual option, extra COVID precautions will be put in place to ensure maximum safety. All attendees are encouraged to wear a mask unless seated and all local, state and CDC guidelines will be adhered to.


Sponsorship Information

Advanced energy leaders and policymakers from across the state and region will meet for emPOWER Arkansas 2021, AAEA’s 9th annual meeting and policy conference in Little Rock. Speakers will address trends and challenges facing the state’s and nation’s advanced energy landscape. The must-attend event is an opportunity to celebrate the latest advanced energy technologies and their impact on the Arkansas economy.

 Sponsorship of emPOWER Arkansas 2021 is an opportunity to join an influential community dedicated to expanding our
advanced energy workforce and manufacturing base in Arkansas – and to associate your brand with the leading voice of Arkansas’s advanced energy economy. Our sponsors receive access to hundreds of advanced energy thought leaders across the state, exposure to new energy ventures, industry expertise, and brand exposure. This year we are going beyond our traditional in-person event.  We are excited to offer both an in-person option at Heifer International’s newly renovated outdoor pavilion and a professionally produced virtual experience. Bringing our annual event to attendees gives our sponsors the added bonus of reaching more energy professionals and enthusiasts than ever before.


Award Nominee Information

AAEA is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Arkansas Advanced Energy Awards! Finalists will be recognized and the winners announced at emPOWERing Arkansas 2021, AAEA’s 9th annual meeting and policy conference, on Thursday, October 14, at Heifer International in Little Rock. Submit your nominations for the following awards:

• Ron Bell Advanced Energy Leadership Award 
• Advanced Energy Rising Star Award 
• Advanced Energy Business Innovation Award

Nominations must be made by an AAEA member and are due by Friday, September 17, to (subject line: “Award Nomination”).  

Self-nominations are not allowed for individual awards (Ron Bell and Rising Star awards) but are allowed for the Business Innovation Award. Please read on for additional information on the award categories, nominee qualifications, and nomination process rules. A nomination form is also included. 


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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.

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