At Mississippi Power, we believe the key to meeting growing energy demands is having a diverse portfolio of energy sources. Diversifying our resources - coal, natural gas, and solar energy - allows us to deploy innovative ways to generate clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity, while avoiding an overreliance on one fuel source and staying environmentally responsible. We consider a range of energy sources to balance energy supply with our growing customer demand. By carefully forecasting energy needs and securing the most economical sources available, we are able to operate our power plants at industry-leading level of reliability.
Providing safe, reliable electricity always comes first. That's why our team of skilled employees works every day to manage and maintain about 7,000 miles of Mississippi Power lines to ensure the safe delivery of electricity to homes and businesses across southeast Mississippi.
Mississippi Power has made improvements to build and maintain a more reliable and smarter system to make, transmit and deliver electricity to our customers. Smart grid technologies and self-healing networks can automatically isolate problems and restore service to affected areas in a matter of seconds.
Our system benefits both Mississippi Power and our customers. For our customers, they experience improved reliability and efficiency of power. For the company, we are able to lower our operating costs as well as better manage our demand.
When an Outage Does Occur
Mississippi Power is an industry leader in reliability, so when an outage occurs, it is most likely beyond our control.
Weather and lightning, animals, trees/limbs, and acts of others (especially vehicle accidents) are among the top causes of outages. However, when outages do occur, we provide updates to you through our online outage map and outage alerts, while our crews are on the move and ready to respond. In an average year, our linemen respond to more than 4,000 outage events after business hours, most following storms.