Entergy Announces New Transmission Operations Center in Jackson
Jackson, Miss. – Entergy is breaking ground on a new $23-million Transmission Operations Center in Jackson that will be one of two twin centers in the corporation’s four-state service area. The 24,775-square-foot building will be a “nerve center” where employees monitor the status of the transmission system, coordinate line outages for maintenance or repair and remotely operate switches and breakers at substations.
Prior to this year, Entergy had five TOCs and one System Operations Center in cities throughout the four states.
“We’re consolidating these operations into two locations in Jackson and Little Rock, Ark., to improve operations and mitigate weather risks,” said Rick Riley, Entergy vice president of transmission. “These two buildings, which are almost identical, are the result of a long-term plan to provide more reliable and efficient transmission service for our customers.”
One of the current facilities is near the Gulf of Mexico and is more susceptible to storms and hurricanes. Moving those functions further from the Gulf allows transmission to reduce operational risks from such events. The new centers will also be hardened to withstand F5 tornadoes.
Consolidating the facilities will also result in significant savings, as maintaining two facilities costs less than maintaining six.
Jackson was chosen as a location for several important reasons, including that one of the company’s data centers and the transmission headquarters building are located nearby. Jackson serves as Entergy’s transmission center, and the northern portion of Entergy’s four-state territory is becoming a regional center for transmission operations.
“I’m very proud of the investment that Entergy is making in Jackson and the state of Mississippi,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “We have our nuclear headquarters, transmission headquarters, state-of-the-art data center, corporate training facility andnow, with this announcement, our Transmission Operations Center located here.This is all part of our plan to position ourselves to meet the demands, challenges and success of the future.”
The buildings are scheduled to be complete in summer 2016.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 441,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily inelectric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates 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. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.