Haley Fisackerly: Entergy CEO: Power grid upkeep vital to communities

Many parts of this infrastructure have been in place for more than 60 years, and while we have maintained and expanded that infrastructure to meet customers’ needs, eventually, it makes sense to replace aging equipment with new and improved technology…

…Through wise investments in nuclear and natural gas power generation, and with our recent entry into the MISO market, we have achieved residential rates that are some of the lowest in the country — more than 20 percent below the national average — and dropping.

Entergy Mississippi’s power grid is not at risk now. However, we know that as with any infrastructure, it is critical to plan ahead. Every pothole and every boil water notice reminds us that we need to be diligent about our electrical infrastructure, too. When it comes to infrastructure, it’s always better to invest early than to ignore. With historically low rates, now is a good time to begin these necessary infrastructure investments while minimizing the rate impact on customers.

Clarion Ledger
5/5/16