Marion, Forrest City crews converge on Crittenten County for Reliability Project

Entergy Arkansas teams converge on Hughes for improvement initiative

By the Evening Times News Staff news@theeveningtimes.com

HUGHES – Entergy Arkansas customers living in Hughes and the nearby recreational destination of Horseshoe Lake will experience improvements in the reliability of their electric service. “We routinely seek opportunities to enhance reliability for our customers,” said Eddie Bosnick, a 15-year veteran in operations with Entergy Arkansas, Inc. “Our design engineers identified two miles of circuit along a stretch of Green River Road in southern Crittenten County for equipment upgrades.” Bosnick, who worked as a serviceman in Hughes early in his Entergy career and now supervises the Forrest City service center, understands the challenges line crews working long spans of rural circuits sometimes face to keep the lights on. Given the scope of the project, he called on his colleagues in Marion for crews and additional equipment to help make the necessary design improvements. About 15 Entergy employees completed the project in just three days during a recent weekend, ahead of schedule and below the project cost estimate. Upgrades included the installation of 30 new utility poles, reducing the length of spans to provide better reliability, as well as replacing and upgrading aging copper wire with aluminum wire equipped with a steel core. “Safety is Entergy’s number one priority as crews work to decrease the frequency and duration of outages when they do occur,” said Bosnick.      “We listen to our customers and take action whether they live in West Helena or Harrison or Hughes,” said Matt Faries, Entergy Arkansas’ customer service representative who serves the Crittenten County area. “We were able to provide power to Hughes customers from another source so no customer experienced an outage for our crews to complete this work safely. This three-day project will also support economic growth in Crittenden County as farmers choose to convert their diesel-powered irrigation systems,” said Faries. “We’re investing $1.7 billion dollars across our territory between 2016-2018 to make the company’s electrical service even more safe and reliable and Hughes is a part of Entergy Arkansas’ bright future. In fact, every county in our service territory will see improvements over the next two to three years,” said Faries. Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.

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