American Public Power Association
The American Public Power Association is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 48 million people or about 14 percent of the nation’s electricity consumers. Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials.
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator
MISO is a Regional Transmission Organization, MISO operates some 65,800 miles of transmission and administers an organized electricity market in 15 states as well as parts of Canada. MISO assures consumers of unbiased regional grid management and open access to the transmission facilities under MISO’s functional supervision. MISO provides transmission services in the State of Arkansas and throughout the middle United States and parts of Canada.
The Southwest Power Pool
SPP is also a Regional Transmission Organization that operates in the state of Arkansas and oversees the bulk electric grid and wholesale power market in the central United States on behalf of a diverse group of utilities and transmission companies in 14 states. The SPP ensures the reliable supply of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale electricity prices for a 575,000-square-mile region including more than 56,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines.
North American Electric Reliability Corporation
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long‐term reliability; monitors the bulk power system through system awareness; and educates, trains, and certifies industry personnel. NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental United States, Canada, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. NERC is the electric reliability organization for North America, subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada. NERC’s jurisdiction includes users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, which serves more than 334 million people.
The Arkansas General Assembly
The Arkansas General Assembly is the legislative body for the state of Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
The ADEQ regulates industry related to environmental concerns and in some cases helps to enact environmental regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency of the United States that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.