Arkansas AG wants regulators to review plant settlement

Arkansas AG wants regulators to review plant settlement
Leslie Rutledge (Source: Arkansas Attorney General's Office)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking state regulators to review an agreement between the state's largest electric utility and environmental groups to eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state Public Service Commission Thursday to review the settlement Entergy Arkansas announced last month with the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association.

Under the deal, Entergy says it will stop using coal no later than the end of 2028 at its White Bluff plant and by the end of 2030 at its Independence plant. The utility says it will cease operation of its Lake Catherine natural gas plant by the end of 2027.

Rutledge says she does not believe the agreement has been properly vetted.