Presley: Southern Cross must benefit state

November 28, 2016

As Southern Cross Transmission inches closer to submitting an official proposal with the state for a major transmission line project, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said he wants Mississippi to get the most possible benefit. Otherwise, he said he won’t support the project.

Southern Cross, a subsidiary of Pattern Energy Groups, plans to build the 400-mile, 500-kilovolt wind power line from west Louisiana to east Mississippi. Though the project may not ultimately come to the Golden Triangle, possible routes show the line could cross through Lowndes, Oktibbeha or Clay counties, ending with a $300 million converter station in Caledonia. The project could create about 300 construction jobs.

The company is expected to submit a final proposal for the route to the Public Service Commission by year’s end. The commission must approve the plan before it can move forward.

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