Covering Louisiana

Oct 31, 2012 12:24 PM by AP

Entergy moves to joining regional grid operator

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Entergy Corp. has moved a step closer to turning over control of its power transmission system to a regional grid operator. It's a plan the New Orleans utility hopes to have in place by the end of 2013.

Entergy, which operates electric utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, wants to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, an Indiana-based group that spans more than a dozen states.

Utility regulators in Arkansas and Texas both approved the plan last week. The Louisiana Public Service Commission, which regulates Entergy Louisiana, signed off on it in May, and regulators in Mississippi are expected to follow suit in mid-November.

The Times-Picayune reports the timing will likely leave the New Orleans City Council, which regulates Entergy New Orleans, as having the final say.

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