Southeast RTO recruits Entergy, briefs FERC on organizational plans

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Nov. 21, 2001 – Entergy Corp. has joined in the effort to develop the SeTrans regional transmission organization (RTO) for the Southeast US.

The disclosure came in a report the SeTrans sponsors filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Last July, FERC ordered southeastern transmission companies to negotiate to form a RTO.

Companies proposing to form SeTrans are Entergy Corp., Southern Co., City of Dalton (Ga.) Utilities, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, South Mississippi Electric Power Association, City of Tallahassee, Jacksonville (Fla.) Electric Authority, Santee Cooper, and the Georgia Transmission Corp.

The proposed SeTrans Grid Co. has been expanded to include Entergy as a participating transmission owner.

Once it becomes operational, SeTrans will be one of the nation’s largest RTOs with more than 73,000 Mw of generation and 51,000 miles of transmission (representing a transmission investment of more than $9 billion).

The FERC filing is the latest step in a process that began in June when owners of transmission systems across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina agreed to form an RTO for the Southeast.

While the filing outlines the initial structure of the RTO, Entergy said it would work with the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission, Mississippi Public Service Commission, New Orleans City Council, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and other retail regulators to resolve any concerns.

Frank Gallaher, president of Entergy’s fossil operations and transmission, said, “We believe that the SeTrans model, as it has evolved, is the best platform to achieve the mutual goals of the various involved companies. The structure of the SeTrans RTO partnership will be of significant size and scope. The SeTrans RTO structure is consistent with the structure that Entergy was pursuing with the Southwest Power Pool, but in a region that is more reflective of our actual market activity.”

The SeTrans companies plan to hire an independent operator for the transmission system. That operator will be given incentives to maintain or enhance reliability, minimize the cost of the operation, and use the system efficiently.

SeTrans plans a stakeholder meeting in Atlanta in January.

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  • The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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