SeTrans RTO advisory committee extends request for qualifications for the independent system administrator


NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 5, 2002 — The SeTrans Owners Group of the SeTrans RTO had issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) on December 14, 2001 for interested parties to submit their qualifications to be the Independent System Administrator (ISA) for the proposed SeTrans RTO.

The SeTrans RTO has since formed its Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC has decided to extend the request for information from the respondents to the December 14, 2001 RFQ as well as any other additional parties who may be interested in submitting their qualifications to be the ISA.

A preliminary version of the information that is being requested will be posted on the SeTrans Web site and will be behind the “News Releases” button. The final version of the requested information will be posted on the SeTrans Web site following the February 13-14 SAC meeting.

The responses will be due on close of business February 26, 2002. Parties that have not previously submitted qualifications and are interested in doing so should indicate their intentions by email to Tom Madden (tmadden@scottmadden.com ) by close of business February 12.

One of the functions of the SAC is to be involved in the selection of the ISA for the SeTrans RTO. An additional function of the SAC will be to provide input on RTO formation documents and eventually to advise the RTO management and board on various issues affecting the ongoing operations of the RTO.

The SeTrans SAC chairman, John Hughes of ELCON, said, “We are pleased with the earlier response to our RFQ and would like to receive more specific information to assist us in the selection process. In addition, we are encouraging any other interested party to provide its interest in being the ISA.”

For those interested in following the activities of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee or the ISA selection process, please consult the SeTrans RTO Web site at www.setransgrid.com .

The list of all participating companies in SeTrans includes the City of Tallahassee (FL), Cleco Power LLC, Dalton (GA) Utilities, Entergy Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation, JEA — Jacksonville (FL), the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Santee Cooper (SC), South Mississippi Electric Power Association and Southern Company.

Once it becomes operational, SeTrans will be one of the nation’s largest RTOs, serving an area with more than 73,000 megawatts of generation, and operating some 53,000 miles of transmission with an investment in assets in excess of $9 billion.

City of Tallahassee maintains more than 2,200 miles of transmission and distribution lines, serving some 98,000 homes and businesses in the Tallahassee, Fla., area, including approximately $51 million in transmission assets and 185 miles of transmission lines.

Cleco Power LLC is a principal of subsidiary of Cleco Corporation, an investor-owned regional energy services company. Cleco Power LLC serves approximately 250,000 customers and maintains 1,200 miles of transmission lines.

Dalton Utilities is a full-service utility providing electric, water, wastewater, natural gas and telecommunications services to the city of Dalton, Ga., and portions of Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Floyd and Catoosa counties in Georgia, including approximately $52 million in transmission assets and 352 miles of transmission lines.

Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR – news) is a global energy company with more than 23,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in four states in the Southeast, approximately $3 billion in transmission investment and 15,000 miles of transmission lines, serving 2.6 million customers. It is one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States.

Georgia Transmission Corporation is a not-for-profit cooperative established for the sole purpose of providing transmission services to its members. GTC is owned by 39 Electric Membership Corporations in Georgia. GTC owns approximately $925 million in assets, including 2,500 miles of transmission lines and 500 substations across the state and serves over 1.4 million end-use customers.

JEA, formerly known as Jacksonville Electric Authority, is a municipally owned electric supplier serving 360,000 customers in a four-county area of northeast Florida, including approximately $253 million in transmission assets and 714 miles of transmission lines.

Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) is a joint-action state authority providing wholesale electric generation and transmission to 48 city or county owned electric systems in Georgia. MEAG Power is one of the largest public power entities in the United States, including approximately $214 million in transmission assets and 1,224 miles of transmission lines.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility. The utility is the direct and indirect source of power for 1.6 million South Carolinians and maintains 4,480 miles of transmission lines and $738 million of transmission assets. Based on generation and energy sales, Santee Cooper is the nation’s fourth largest publicly owned electric utility among state, municipal and district systems.

South Mississippi Electric Power Association is a non-profit wholesale electric power cooperative serving the power requirements of the 350,000 retail consumers of its 11-member distribution cooperatives in the state of Mississippi, including approximately $139 million in transmission assets and 1,500 miles of transmission lines.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO – news) is a super-regional energy company with more than 35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Southeast, approximately $4 billion in transmission investment and 26,000 miles of transmission lines, serving 4 million customers. It is one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States.


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