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The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator's (MISO) board of directors has approved the applications of four new transmission-owning (TO) members: Cleco Power LLC, Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government, Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Prairie Power Inc.

Both Cleco Power LLC and Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government plan to integrate in December. Cleco owns nine generating units serving approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana and plans to integrate more than 2.5 GW. Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government, also based in Louisiana, has more than 933 miles of transmission and serves 64,000 retail customers.

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency comprises 11 member municipal utilities and provides power to nearly 60,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.  Prairie Power Inc. is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Jacksonville, Ill.

According to the operator, each new TO will benefit from MISO’s competitive markets, diverse generation supply, and large-scale planning and operating.

“We are pleased to welcome these new members to MISO,” says Steve Kozey, MISO’s senior vice president of legal and compliance services. “Their decisions to join will bring value to our footprint by further enhancing the measurable benefits realized through MISO’s value proposition.”



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