Learn more about the Southern Cross Transmission Project in Mississippi
Mississippi will be home to the Southern Cross Project's proposed eastern HVDC converter station and approximately 200 miles of HVDC transmission line. The exact location of the transmission line will be determined over the next several months as we work with local, state, and federal agencies, permitting entities, landowners, and other parties to develop the best route. We estimate the Project's total investment in Mississippi will be about $700 million. These investments will take the form of both a converter station and transmission lines, and they will provide a variety of tax benefits not only to the state, but also to numerous counties across the state on an annual basis throughout the life of the Project.
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Mississippi Regulatory Process and Proposed Project Schedule
There are two utility regulatory authorities with jurisdiction over the Mississippi portion of the Project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has previously found that the interconnection of the Southern Cross Project to the ERCOT transmission system is in the public interest and that the Project will create substantial benefits both for the ERCOT and the Southeast regions. The Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) will be asked to approve a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (commonly called a Siting Certificate). After careful consideration of all the information gathered during the review process, a set of route alternatives will be identified by the Project team and will be filed as part of an application for a Siting Certificate. After consideration of the routing options and a finding that the Project is in the public interest, the Commission will be asked to approve a final route and issue the Siting Certificate for the Project.
Vendor Fairs in Mississippi
Southern Cross Project is hosting 2017 information and vendor recruitment fairs vendor fairs in Mississippi. The first of these events will be from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus, located at 1995 6th Street North in Columbus. The second event will be from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at the Hyatt Place Jackson/Ridgeland, located at 1016 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. There will be no formal presentation; rather, attendees may come-and-go at their convenience, speak to project team members one-on-one, and submit their company's information. Potential vendor opportunities include, but are not limited to: land surveying and clearing; land maintenance; weed control; construction; electrical; O&M inspection; and food and lodging services. Vendors who cannot attend these fairs but are interested in participating in this project should click here to complete our vendor questionnaire.
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Project Hotline: 888-412-6339
Interactive Mississippi Open House
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Frequently Asked Questions: Mississippi
Below you’ll find some frequently asked questions about the Project that are specific to Mississippi. If you cannot find answers to your questions, please contact us.
For FAQs about the Southern Cross Transmission Project in general, please click here.
What will happen if I don't agree to an easement?
Southern Cross Transmission representatives will first attempt to openly negotiate the purchase of an easement from affected landowners. If an agreement cannot be reached, an easement can be acquired under the eminent domain laws of Mississippi as a last resort.
Who has final approval on the route?
In Mississippi, Southern Cross will submit an application to the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval of a final route, and will work with various permitting agencies to secure the necessary permits.
Has a route been determined?
The Southern Cross Project is currently in the planning stage of routing, is evaluating various alternative routes, and has not determined a final route for the transmission line. The Project is currently working with federal, state, and local agencies to collect information on the study area which will be used to help develop a set of alternative routes that will be presented to the public at open houses. Following the public open houses, and comments from agencies and the public, the alternatives will be modified, analyzed and, in the case of Mississippi, presented to the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC). The MPSC will determine the final route for the Southern Cross Project.