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Community forums to address power grid issues

By Randy Bell

Clintonians with concerns about the reliability of their electric service are invited to the first in a series of Public Service Commission community forums being held in the aftermath of the June storms, which resulted in extended outages. Central District Commissioner Brent Bailey has scheduled six meetings beginning in Madison September 12. Other forums are planned in Vicksburg, Greenville, Jackson, Meridian and Port Gibson.

The local power grid has been a hot topic in Clinton following a series of storms which left many residents without electricity, in some cases for several days.

“We would like to engage the public in a dialogue about how the commission and utilities can better serve the needs of the community,” Bailey said in a news release announcing the forums. “We hope to discuss ideas and receive feedback about how best to communicate before, during and after extreme weather events and enhance customer service for all.”

The PSC has undertaken a comprehensive review of Entergy Mississippi’s restoration efforts after the June storms. Bailey said, during the forums, he’ll share information gleaned from the review. Attendees will also have an opportunity to engage with utility representatives who are there.

The Madison forum begins at 6 p.m. at the Pinelake Church campus at 223 Old Jackson Road.


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