Entergy Arkansas said it will close a Pine Bluff systems operations center by the middle of 2015, eliminating 100 jobs at the location and possibly moving some of them to Little Rock.
However, the company said no layoffs were planned and positions are expected to be relocated to one of the new centers.
Entergy’s parent company, Entergy Corp., is consolidating 6 system operations sites in multiple states to two centers in Little Rock and Jackson, Mississippi.
The decisions to consolidate involve aging facilities, expiring leases and proximity to hurricane regions. Currently, the 6 centers are in Beaumont, Texas; West Monroe and Gretna in Louisiana; Jackson, Miss.; and Little Rock and Pine Bluff in Arkansas.
A possible spin-off/merger transaction with ITC Holdings, a Michigan-based electricity transmission company, could also effect the eventual outcome of job placements and center relocations. If the merger goes through, some jobs could be shifted to The Woodlands, Texas.