Duane Highley
Little Rock, Arkansas

2009                      Inducted into the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering



1983                     BSEE, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla)

1991                    MS Engineering Management, Missouri University of Science and Technology

1998                    University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Executive Program (six weeks)

2009                    Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program (eight weeks)



 2011-Present    President/CEO, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (non-profit regulated utility serving over 1 million Arkansans through 17 retail member systems) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (non-profit utility services company), with subsidiaries ERMCO (Electrical Research and Manufacturing Cooperative manufacturing power transformers), ECI (ERMCO Components, Inc. supplying OEM electrical components) and Today’s Power, Inc. (supplying utility scale solar farms and residential solar kits).

1999-2011         Director, Power Production, Associated Electric Cooperative (oversee production at power plants in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma).

1996-1999         Plant Manager, Associated Electric Cooperative, New Madrid Plant

1982-1996         Supervisor of Resource Planning, Senior Planning Engineer, Associated Electric Cooperative



  •             Electric Sector Coordinating Council – Co-Chair
  •             Electric Power Research Institute – Board of Directors
  •             Southwest Power Pool – Members’ Committee, Human Resource Committee
  •             ACES Power Marketing – Board of Directors
  •             Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Senior Member
  •             Registered Professional Engineer – Missouri
  •             Project Developer – NRECA International Foundation Electrification Projects in Guatemala and Bolivia