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Dozens of Jobs Coming to Little Rock with Power Company Expansion

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) will invest at least $5-million to build regional operations center.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Dozens of jobs are coming to Little Rock with a power company expansion.

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), is a regional transmission organization that oversees cost-effective delivery of electric power through competitive wholesale markets.

The company announced today it's spending $5-$8 million to add a regional operations center in Little Rock that will be the hub for its new Southern Region. 

Plans include hiring 35 to 50 highly-skilled employees with an average salary of about $85,000 per year.

The move involves integrating the four-state Entergy operating companies along with several area transmission owners and generators into the MISO system. Entergy Arkansas projects savings of $263 million to its customers over the first 10 years of MISO membership.

“To bring those tangible benefits to consumers, we’re establishing roots in the Southern Region to help serve all of our new stakeholders and consumers,” said John R. Bear, President and CEO of MISO. “Opening this facility in the Little Rock area will provide a command center for the Southern Region so MISO can ensure greater reliability and lower costs across the region while maintaining its close connection to state interests and stakeholders.”

A site location for the center has not yet been selected. The facility will house MISO real-time operations personnel, market operations staff, customer service representatives, government and regulatory affairs staff, information technology, and key support personnel. It will also include facilities to accommodate training and meetings.

“MISO determined that Little Rock is the best fit for MISO,” continued Bear. “Arkansas has a highly-skilled workforce that is familiar with the work we do because of established college-level programs throughout the state.”

“MISO’s arrival marks the latest set of well-paying, knowledge-based jobs created in Arkansas,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “Our innovative programs of cooperation between our higher-education system and the private sector have produced a workforce well-prepared to help MISO succeed.”

MISO ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to high-voltage power lines in 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO manages one of the world’s largest energy markets, with more than $18 billion in annual gross market energy transactions.

“Little Rock continues to prove it is a great place to do business,” said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. “I’m excited about MISO’s decision to locate in Little Rock and I look forward to their investment in the Little Rock community. With the addition of these new private sector jobs, Little Rock’s future looks stronger every day.”
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