Mississippi Power’s plants set reliability record in 2017 peak season

Mississippi Power’s plants set reliability record in 2017 peak season

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Mississippi Power’s generation facilities set new reliability records during the 2017 peak season, as reliability stayed consistent during the peak months of January-February and June, July and August.

EFOR – equivalent forced outage rate – is a measure of the availability of generation units to meet customer needs, and in 2017, the company’s number was 0.48 percent, which breaks the old record of 0.50 set in 2012.

That number was also the lowest of all the operating companies in the Southern Company system, meaning less time on outages and more generation available to meet customer needs.

“This is an outstanding result that demonstrates the hard work by our dedicated employees and the constant reliability of our generation fleet,” said Allen Reaves, Generation vice president and senior production officer. “The commitment made by our employees to generate safe, reliable and affordable electricity for our customers is proven once again by these results.”

Reaves added that extreme weather is typically the biggest factor in driving up electricity demand, and while the service territory experienced a mild winter and wetter-than-normal summer, meeting the electricity demand during peak season still requires a strong employee commitment.

“Our generating units were there to meet customer demand more than 99.5 percent of the time when expected by Southern’s Fleet Operations team,” Reaves added. “These results are a new all-time high at Mississippi Power, and most importantly, we have not experienced any serious injuries this year.”

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeastern Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.