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Entergy Arkansas Begins Significant Upgrades in El Dorado
EL DORADO, Ark. – Residents in El Dorado may have noticed trucks and crews around town working on a significant equipment upgrade. Workers are scheduled to rebuild transmission lines through the middle of November. There will be more work in substations from December through February, although not as visible to customers.
“Our first goal as a company is to provide safe, reliable electricity to our customers at a reasonable rate,” said Chris Wasson, customer service representative for Entergy Arkansas. “This project is an investment in the southwest part of Arkansas that will improve our service to the area. We appreciate our customers’ patience while we make these upgrades to the system.”
The project will upgrade nearly three line miles of 115kV transmission line and equipment in two substations. These improvements, when complete, will improve the reliability of service in the area for both industrial and residential customers. As demand has grown, it’s become necessary to stay in compliance with federal regulations to add capacity to the lines, which will also add redundancies and more options for restoration in the case of an outage.
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.