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Entergy to build $23 million operations center

Entergy Mississippi announced Tuesday it will build a $23 million, 24,775-square-foot transmission operations center in Jackson to monitor the transmissions system and coordinate outage repairs.  It is a twin to one announced this week in Little Rock for Entergy Corp.’s four-state service area.

EntergyThere had been five such facilities, but the two new centers will “improve operations and mitigate weather risks,”  Rick Riley, Entergy vice president of transmission, said in a news release.

One of the current facilities is near the Gulf of Mexico and is more susceptible to storms and hurricanes. Moving those functions farther from the Gulf allows transmission to reduce risks from such events. The new centers will withstand F5 tornadoes. The Jackson facility is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.

Jackson serves as Entergy’s transmission center, and the northern portion of the four-state territory is becoming a regional center for transmission operations. Entergy Mississippi provides electricity to approximately 441,000 customers in 45 counties in Mississippi. It is a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. whose service area also includes Louisiana and Texas.

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