February 10, 2003


The Arkansas General Assembly passed the Electric Consumer Choice Act of 1999 (Act 1556) to provide for the introduction of retail competition in the electric utility industry by January 1, 2002, but no later than June 30, 2003. Act 324 of 2001 amended Act 1556 to change the earliest implementation date for retail electric competition from January 1, 2002, to October 1, 2003. The amendments to Act 1556 of 1999 were the result of recommendations by the Public Service Commission in its Progress Report to the General Assembly on the Development of Competition in Electric Markets and the Impact on Retail Customers, submitted on November 29, 2000. The specific amendments to Act 1556 included changing the date for initiating retail competition in Arkansas from January 1, 2002, to not earlier than October 1, 2003, nor later than October 1, 2005. The amendments to Act 1556 clarified that the Commission may delay implementation of retail open access upon findings that most customers would not have a reasonable opportunity to realize net benefits, specifically including relative price benefits for residential and small business customers, and that demonstrably effective wholesale market structures are not in place. In its Report to the General Assembly Pursuant to Act 324 on the Development of a Competitive Electric Market and Possible Impact on Customers, submitted on December 20, 2001, the Commission recommended that the General Assembly consider either a complete suspension of the current statute for a considerable period of time, perhaps going out to 2010 or 2012, or repeal of the statute.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Arkansas
Incentive Type: Generation Disclosure
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Standard Format Required: Yes


Name: Nicole Wagner
Organization: Arkansas Public Service Commission
Address: 1000 Center Street
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-5737
Email: nicole_wagner@psc.state.ar.us

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.