Utility Regulators Seek Decision on Putting Arkansas Under One Power Grid

MARCH 18, 2004 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Public Service Commission is working to determine whether electricity customers would be better off under one power grid or separate controllers.

The panel has asked for comments and data on the energy issues, the move coming one day after the Little Rock-based Southwest Power Pool agreed to meet federal regulators' requests that could make it the nation's third regional transmission organization.

The commission also wants to explore whether Entergy should remain a separate operation or join the power pool.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has pushed for the creation of  large, regional grid operators.  A Little Rock-based group is seeking to form a pool that would include all or part of eight states, including much of Arkansas.

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