Stakeholder advisory committee meeting selects representatives for the ‘SeTrans RTO’ group

ATLANTA, Jan. 22, 2002 — The stakeholders of the SeTrans RTO have selected the representatives for the Stakeholder Advisory Committee in the initial stakeholder meeting of January 14 and 15 in Atlanta.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be involved in the selection of the Independent System Administrator (ISA) for operating the SeTrans RTO transmission system. A second function of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee 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 Stakeholder Advisory Committee elected John Hughes of ELCON as the chairman. Hughes said, “I am honored to be selected chairman of the SeTrans SAC and appreciate the members’ confidence in a representative of end- use consumers. I believe that SeTrans is the most viable platform for a Southeast RTO and promise to do what it takes to get this RTO established and approved by the FERC. It will be the responsibility of the SAC to ensure that the process and results earns the support of the broader stakeholder community. I will bear in mind that, at the end of the day, our efforts will have failed if this RTO does not deliver benefits to consumers.”

Cleco Corporation’s regulated utility subsidiary, Cleco Power LLC, has signed an agreement to participate in the development process of the SeTrans RTO in order to investigate if it is in its customers’ best interests.

For those interested in following the activities of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee or the ISA selection process, please consult the SeTrans RTO website 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.

The representatives selected are:

Investor Owned Utilities
Frank Gallaher, Entergy
William K. (Bill) Newman, Southern Company
Power Marketers & Brokers

Ron R. McNamara, American Electric Power
Linda J. Clarke, Exelon Power Team
Generation Owners & Developers
Thomas W. Kaslow, Calpine
Charles M. Askey, FPL Energy

Transmission Dependent Municipal Joint-Action Agencies and Municipals
*Rick K. Henley, City of Jonesboro, AR-Water & Light
*Patrick C. Bowie, City of LaGrange

Transmission Dependent Cooperatives
Jerry Howard, Central Electric Cooperative, SC
Ronnie D. Lee, Walton, EMC, GA

Transmission-Owning Cooperatives
*Barbara Hampton, Georgia Transmission Corporation
*Gary D. Tipps, South Mississippi Electric Power Association

Transmission-Owning Municipal Joint Action Agencies & Municipals
Bud Para, JEA
Danny Dees, MEAG

No representative sought and therefore none were elected for the state governmental agencies/consumer advocates or groups representing environmental interests.
* Industrial End Use Customers
* Damon Xenopoulos, Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone, PC
* John P. Hughes, ELCON
Transmission-Owning or Transmission Dependent Federal Utilities and Transmission-Owning State-Owned Authorities
Terry Blackwell, Santee Cooper
Leon Jourolmon, Southeastern Power Administration

Initial Non-Voting Members for a Newly Developed Public Service Commission
Sector (The sector will be composed of all PSC representatives that chose to join)
Sam L. Bratton, Arkansas Public Service Commission
Terri K. Eaton, Public Utility Commission of Texas

These entities were elected by company name and the individuals were named to represent the company at the 1/14-15 meeting.

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 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 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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