Northwest Arkansas Relies On Coal And Gas, Few Renewables

Posted: April 22, 2014 at 5 a.m.

FILE PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF The Flint Creek Power Plant looms large Dec. 3 at Swepco Lake and keeps the water warm during winter.

The warnings against "business as usual" in generating electricity get louder every year, but coal and natural gas provide most of Northwest Arkansas' power and likely will be for some time.

At A Glance

Northwest Arkansas Power By Source

• Coal: 65 percent

• Natural gas: 21 percent

• Hydropower: 5 percent

• Wind: 5 percent

• Nuclear and other: 4 percent

Source: Staff Report

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