Entergy’s decision in 2011 to join the Midcontinent Independent System Operator for handling interstate power transmission likely was a factor in a Little Rock development announcement today.

MISO is going to open a regional operations center in Little Rock. It will employ 35 to 50 people making $85,000 a year on average. Entergy hopes to save money by joining MISO. It has been in an unusual contract with the Southwest Power Pool, a major regional transmission operation, that is headquartered in Little Rock. MISO hopes to complete a new agreement with Entergy within three months. The state Public Service Commission has given conditional approval.

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News release from the state’s economic develoment agency follows: