Energy Improvement District No. 1

The Energy Improvement District No. 1 was created on October 15, 2013 by Ordinance 5624, to implement and manage Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) for the City of Fayetteville.  PACE is a creative financing mechanism that allows property owners to borrow money for weatherization, energy efficiency, renewable energy or water conservation improvements to their property. The security of tying the repayment of loans to property tax assessments combined with low default rates allow PACE to offer very low and extremely attractive interest rates for these improvement loans. PACE is a completely voluntary program that enables private investment for the purpose of energy savings.

PACE enabling legislation was passed by the Arkansas Legislature in the 2013 session and signed by the Governor in April 2013. That legislation allows Cities, Counties or the State to create Energy Improvement Districts within the State of Arkansas.  The Arkansas Legislature noted that Energy Improvement Districts would benefit Arkansas by:

  • Creating jobs and stimulating the economy
  • Generating significant economic development
  • Protecting citizens from the rising cost of electricity and non-renewable fuels
  • Providing citizens with options for financing improvements that are otherwise not available
  • Providing a positive cash flow on energy improvements
  • Increasing the value of real property
  • Improving the state's air quality and conserving natural resources
  • Promoting energy independence and security for the nation and state


Peter Nierengarten, 575-8272


If the Mayor appoints a designee he/she shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.  Terms of all other members shall be two (2) years.  In making its Board appointments, the City Council shall give due consideration to candidates with connections to or relations with local utility companies, lending or bonding institutions and the advanced energy industry.  City Council appointed members shall be subject to the term limit provisions of Section 33.329(B).


Energy Improvement District No. 1 shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven (7) members.  One member shall be the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee.  The remaining six (6) members shall be qualified electors of the District chosen by the Fayetteville City Council

  • One Member shall be the Mayor or the Mayor's designee
  • Six citizens-at-large




Vacancies on the Board are filled by appointment from the governing body of the City.

Public Notification

A weekly meetings list is prepared by the City Clerk office which is distributed to the press and posted on the City’s web site:

Meeting Times

Regular meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Room 326 of the City Administration Building.

City of Fayetteville Appointees

Position Name Address Phone Terms
Alderman Sarah Marsh 113 West Mountain, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 287-4054 01/01/14 thru Indefinite
Chair Julie Trivitt 1346 South River Meadows Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 200-2075 01/01/2014 thru 12/31/2015
Vice Chair Jim Halsell 230 West Cleburn Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 521-1986 01/01/2014 thru 12/31/2015
Don Bennett 1231 West Deane Street, Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 966-0572 01/01/2014 thru 12/31/2016
Frank Mayfield 292 West Mountain, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 879-7909 01/01/2015 thru 12/31/2016
Michael Phipps 2720 Country Club Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 521-8903 01/01/2014 thru 12/31/2016
Kelly Tribell PO Box 761, Fayetteville, AR 72702 (479) 502-3307 10/01/2014 thru 12/31/2015