The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) on March 15 said it has hired former Arkansas State Senator Allen Gordon as the organization’s spokesman in Arkansas.
“Given Entergy Arkansas’ request to join MISO, it’s important for us establish stronger roots in the state,” Aldie Warnock, MISO vice president of government and regulatory affairs, said in a statement.
“Given his understanding of energy and economic issues, Sen. Gordon will help us do that by reaching out to communities across the state to explain what we do, how we do it and what the benefits are to Arkansas,” Warnock added.
Currently, Gordon is counsel with the law firm of Gordon, Caruth and Virden. Most recently, he served on the staff of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. He previously served as State Senator for District 25 from 1982 to 2000.
“MISO membership provides clear benefits,” Gordon said. “It will help keep electricity costs down and improve reliability. As a result, that will help Arkansas compete for new businesses that create jobs and economic growth.”
In April 2011, Entergy Corp. announced that its subsidiaries, including Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana – would join MISO by December 2013.