Mara M. Hartmann
JACKSON, Mississippi – Our power reliability coordinator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, is asking Entergy customers to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage on Thursday, Jan. 18, between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. MISO is making this unusual request because use of electricity could exceed available generation, due to higher than expected demand for power and unexpected power generator outages within the MISO southern territory. MISO is working to bring on additional generation to the area.
The higher than expected demand is due to the unusually cold temperatures that moved into the territory over the past few days.
MISO is making similar requests to utilities across the Midwest, including others near our service area. If the power supply cannot meet the demand, then periodic power outages would be needed.
“We apologize for any inconvenience.” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service. “The arctic blast is driving up electricity usage. This is an unusual situation MISO is working to correct as soon as possible.”
Jeter added that the request does not apply to elderly customers or those with special health concerns.
Entergy joined MISO, one of the nation's largest regional transmission organizations, in December, 2013. MISO comprises a pool of electricity generators and users that stretches from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
To balance the power demand with supply, Entergy has special agreements with some industrial and wholesale customers that allow for power curtailments. Some ways residential customers can reduce electricity usage include:
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 445,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.