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Extended Transmission Outage Impacts Many Southwest MS EPA Members - August 18, 2014

Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association is extending an apology to its 2,250 Wilkinson County Members impacted by the prolonged outage August 17th and 18th. The events that led to this outage began shortly after midnight on the 17th when a lightning arrestor failed in a substation owned by Entergy Mississippi Inc. leading to a reported overload and eventual failure to a section of the transmission lines serving Woodville and surrounding communities. Entergy dispatched restoration personnel to the area and reported starting repairs midmorning on the 17th. An estimated restoration time of 10PM for the 17th was initially given and then revised to the 18th at 12PM. Repairs to the failed lines were completed at approximately 5:15 PM on the 18th and Southwest employees began immediate power restoration to its Members.

Southwest MS EPA would like to clarify the levels of responsibility currently in place as related to providing electrical service to its Members in the Wilkinson County area. Southwest purchases power from South Mississippi Electric, located in Hattiesburg, MS, who is responsible for the generation and delivery of electric power to each of Southwest’s 16 substations. South Mississippi Electric purchases transmission service to deliver power to Southwest’s substations from Entergy Mississippi, Inc., which is a standard industry practice, thereby avoiding the cost of redundant facilities serving the same area. Entergy Mississippi, Inc. is responsible for the inspection, maintenance, and operation of the transmission lines that provide service to Southwest’s Woodville Substation.

Again, Southwest would like to apologize for the inconveniences this transmission outage caused our Members and would like to stress that this outage was not related to the facilities owned or operated by Southwest MS EPA. After further investigation, additional information will be available upon request by our Members. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our Member Services Representatives at (800) 287-8564. If you feel a complaint should be filed in regards to this occurrence, you may contact the MS Public Service Commission at (800) 356-6430.

For seventy-five years Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association has served members with reliable electric service at some of the lowest rates in the nation. They have been the sole source of power for thousands of Mississippians in small communities, large towns and remote rural areas. Your rural electric cooperatives have long been in the forefront of local efforts to bring jobs and economic opportunity to our local communities. We bring people together in a unified effort to improve the quality of life for our members and the communities where we live and serve. The people who work at Southwest Mississippi are the folks who care about the service you receive. They live in the same communities, attend local churches and have the same concerns about what's going on. They are neighbors lending a helping hand when called upon.

Proudly serving this area for 75 years.

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