Eight southern power companies join MISO

Midcontinent Independent System Operator MISO adds eight power companies Entergy Cleco SMEPA

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) announced Monday that eight new power companies have joined the transmission organization in three of MISO’s four southern states. When combined with operations from the operator’s Midwest region, MISO now manages the flow of energy along 65,280 miles of the interconnected bulk electric system between Manitoba, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, according to a release.

The power companies were Cleco; South Mississippi Electric Power Association; Louisiana Energy and Power Authority; Louisiana Generating LLC; and four municipal utilities.

According to MISO, the additions, along with six Entergy (NYSE: ETR) operating companies for which MISO provides reliability services, serve more than four million customers. The six Entergy companies, Cleco and South Mississippi Electric Power are working toward full integration into MISO’s market operations by December 2013.

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