Entergy Arkansas Completes MISO Integration

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF version Customers to see meaningful savings over next 10 years LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Entergy Arkansas, Inc. completed its integration last night into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, setting the stage for more than a quarter-billion dollars in projected customer savings in the first decade alone. The successful implementation caps a multiyear initiative by the company and its regulators to exit the Entergy System Agreement while ensuring the availability and reliability of lowest-reasonable-cost electricity to customers in Arkansas. With Entergy’s “cutover,” MISO now stands as one of the nation’s largest regional transmission organizations, comprising a pool of electricity generators and users that stretches from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Entergy Arkansas can buy, sell and transmit electricity within this giant marketplace, and pass the resulting savings along to its customers. Entergy Arkansas, along with sister utilities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, worked for more than two years to reorganize teams, processes and infrastructure to integrate into MISO. Multiple economic assessments showed that the greatest customer savings would be realized when all of the Entergy companies entered MISO together. “This is a great move for Entergy Arkansas in terms of savings and benefits for our customers,” said Hugh McDonald, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas. “We’re grateful to the Arkansas Public Service Commission, our MISO counterparts and hundreds of Entergy teammates and vendors for their efforts toward reaching this historic milestone.” The Entergy utility operating companies’ entry into MISO represents a significant expansion for one of the largest regional transmission organizations. MISO created an entirely new region--the MISO South Region--along with new technology infrastructure and a new operations team to serve its members in the four states it added. It has also announced that it will build and staff a South Region operations center in Little Rock next year which will create high-paying professional jobs and further the economic impact to Arkansas. Besides Entergy Arkansas, there are hundreds of other new participants in the MISO energy market. All told, the new region includes 151 transmission customers, 128 electric generating plants and 11 transmission facility owners. Independent studies have forecast that each of these sectors will realize economic value from the move to MISO and make Arkansas an even more attractive environment for business expansion and relocation. While a lot of eyes were on the cutover inside the company and at MISO, the effort went largely unnoticed by Entergy customers. “Despite the magnitude of the transition, the cutover was--and is--completely seamless from the perspective of our customers,” said McDonald. “Now the real work begins--that of saving our customers money.” Entergy Arkansas, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Corporation’s utilities own and operate power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. The Entergy utilities deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy Corporation has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees. -30-  entergyarkansas.com  Twitter: @EntergyARKFacebook.com/EntergyAR In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation and its affiliates make certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed in this news release and in: (i) Entergy’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and (ii) Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (b) uncertainties associated with rate proceedings, formula rate plans and other cost recovery mechanisms; (c) uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of major storms and recover related restoration costs; (d) nuclear plant relicensing, operating and regulatory risks, including any changes resulting from the nuclear crisis in Japan following its catastrophic earthquake and tsunami; (e) legislative and regulatory actions and risks and uncertainties associated with claims or litigation by or against Entergy and its subsidiaries; and (f) economic conditions and conditions in commodity and capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements, in addition to other factors described elsewhere in this release and subsequent securities filings.

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