MISO Breaks Ground on South Region Operations Center

CARMEL, Ind., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Midcontinent Independent System
Operator, Inc. (MISO) broke ground today on a regional operations center in
Little Rock, Ark., signifying a continued commitment in the reliable delivery of
least-cost energy to MISO members and their customers from the Great Lakes to
the Gulf of Mexico. This action marks the next phase of the successful
integration on Dec. 19, 2013, of the four-state electric grid spanning the
southern region into MISO.

“A regional presence is important,” said MISO’s President and CEO John Bear.
“This facility will provide the space necessary for us to build upon and develop
a more focused approach to transmission system management and will result in
more reliable and lower cost energy for end-use consumers.”

Similar to the company’s North Region Operations Center, the facility in Little
Rock will serve as the command center for MISO’s newly established South Region.
MISO expects to hire roughly 50 employees with an average yearly salary of
$85,000 for various positions, including real-time operations, market
operations, customer services, government and regulatory affairs, information
technology and administrative support.

“Little Rock is an appropriate location for us,” continued Bear. “It’s a
well-educated workforce, in a city with a great deal of experience in
transmission planning and engineering.”

“We’ve worked with higher education and the private sector to build a workforce
that can bring more high-paying jobs to Arkansas,” Governor Mike Beebe said.
“This is another strong example of collaboration producing continued economic
growth for our state.”

MISO expects to spend $22 million on its new facility in West Little Rock. The
building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014 with an employee
move-in date scheduled in spring of 2015.

“MISO is a great addition to Arkansas and is a testament that the committed
partnership between the City of Little Rock and the Arkansas Economic
Development Commission continues to attract topnotch 21st century businesses
fostering job creation,” said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.

Dignitaries who attended the ceremony include Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe,
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Executive Director Grant Tennille, and Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Gary Smith.

About MISO
MISO ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to, high-voltage power
lines in 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO manages one
of the world’s largest energy markets, with more than $20 billion in annual
gross market energy transactions. MISO was approved as the nation’s first
regional transmission organization in 2001. The not-for-profit organization is
governed by an independent board of directors and is headquartered in Carmel,


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