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Mississippi Power strengthens power delivery system

Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power announces two storm-hardening projects in Coastal Mississippi next week to strengthen the power delivery system for customers in the company’s most storm-prone areas.

As part of our power pole upgrade initiative, wooden transmission poles will be replaced with steel ones beginning on Switzer Road in Gulfport and heading east towards Biloxi. Additionally, wooden distribution poles will be upgraded to concrete starting on Maples Drive in Gulfport. More than 250 power poles will be upgraded during these two projects to make the equipment more resistant to storms.

“Delivering reliable power is how we bring value to our customers. It’s what they expect from us,” said Vice President of Power Delivery and Division Operations Melvin Roland. “Storm-hardening is a critical part of our operations to increase reliability and lessen outage times.”

The company is coordinating with local officials in Gulfport and Biloxi to address traffic needs and mitigate inconvenience to motorists. A team of safety specialists will be on the scene directing traffic to ensure a safe work environment for crews and residents.

These two projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2024. The power pole upgrade initiative will ultimately involve the conversion of more than 8,000 power poles to steel and concrete across Coastal Mississippi.

“Our grid investments have helped our customers avoid more than 5 million outage minutes since the beginning of 2023,” added Roland. “Proactive measures like these help Mississippi Power achieve reliability that is among the best in the industry.”

Now in its 99th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 191,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Visit our websites at and, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube.