$23 million Entergy transmission center on the drawing board - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

$23 million Entergy transmission center on the drawing board

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Entergy is consolidating 5 transmission operations centers, and Jackson will be one of two twin centers in the corporations four state service area.  Mayor Tony Yarber says It is a significant new economic project for Jackson.

The announcement for the "nerve center" of Entergy's transmission system came at their sprawling campus in west Jackson. CEO Haley Fisackerly, says once the state of the art center is opened, it will enhance customer service and response time to get the lights back on.

"With modern technology, we will be able to see where events when a line is down or where a storm hits," said Fisackerly. "Where a line is down pin point where those problems are, then reroute power to the grid to get power back on and plan to repair those systems real quickly."

The center will house about 70 employees.

"They will be relocating jobs from those other facilities and also adding new jobs," added Fisackerly.

The building will be capable of withstanding an F5 tornado and has substantial backup power.

"Redundant power feeds to be able to survive any type of major disaster," added Fisackerly.

This represents a $23 million dollar investment.

"Entergy has not only made an investment in the city of Jackson but has made future commitments even behind me to further development, to further their commitment to economic development and even more than that to invest in the longevity of our city," said Mayor Yarber.

The building is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016.

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