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Entergy announces new Transmission Operations Center in Capital City

From: Entergy Mississippi (November 11, 2014)

New centralized location represents $23-million investment, houses up to 70 employees

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.

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