Baton Rouge, La.– Thirteen electric generation plants in Louisiana are
included in Entergy Corporation’s pledge, announced last week, to voluntarily
stabilize its domestic greenhouse gas emissions at year 2000 levels through
2005, and develop a long-term target that would include additional reductions to
help combat climate change.
Entergy is the first U.S. electric company to publicly announce such a
greenhouse gas emissions target. To implement this target, the company will
partner with Environmental Defense, a national advocacy group, to develop a
program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Entergy’s plants in the United
States that generate electricity through burning fossil fuels.
The 13 Louisiana plants covered by Entergy’s pledge are:
- Willow Glen plant in St. Gabriel, owned by Entergy Gulf States, Inc.,
which is capable of generating 2.09 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of
electricity using natural gas (with oil as an alternative when it is less
- Roy S. Nelson plant in Westlake, owned in part by Entergy Gulf States,
which is capable of generating 646 million kWh using gas (with an oil
alternative) and another 550 million kWh using coal.
- Louisiana Station 2 plant in Baton Rouge, owned by Entergy Gulf States,
which currently is inactive but which is equipped to use gas (with an oil
- Big Cajun 2 plant in New Roads, owned in part by Entergy Gulf States,
which is capable of generating 575 million kWh using coal.
- Little Gypsy plant in LaPlace, owned by Entergy Louisiana, which is
capable of generating 1.25 billion kWh using gas (with an oil alternative).
- Ninemile Point plant in Westwego, owned by Entergy Louisiana, which is
capable of generating 1.83 billion kWh using gas (with an oil alternative).
- Buras plant in Buras, owned by Entergy Louisiana, Inc., which is capable
of generating 19 million kWh using gas (with an oil alternative).
- Monroe plant in Monroe, owned by Entergy Louisiana, which is capable of
generating 138 million kWh using gas.
- Waterford 1 and 2 plants near New Orleans, owned by Entergy Louisiana,
which are capable of generating 822 million kWh using gas (with an oil
- Sterlington plant near Monroe, owned by Entergy Louisiana, which is
capable of generating 437 million kWh using gas (with an oil alternative).
- Thibodaux plant in Thibodaux, owned by Entergy Louisiana, which currently
is inactive but which is equipped to use gas.
- A.B. Paterson plant in New Orleans, owned by Entergy New Orleans, Inc.,
which is capable of generating 159 million kWh using natural gas (with an
- Michoud plant in New Orleans, owned by Entergy New Orleans, which is
capable of generating 918 million kWh using natural gas (with an oil
The agreement does not cover Entergy Gulf States’ River Bend nuclear plant
in St. Francisville,
Entergy Louisiana’s Waterford 3 nuclear plant near New Orleans, or Entergy
New Orleans’ Thermal geothermal energy plant in that city. That’s because
the generation of electricity using nuclear power or renewable energy involves
no greenhouse gas emissions.
Entergy also announced it has become the first U.S. electric company accepted
for membership in the Partnership for Climate Action (PCA), a collaboration of
international business and environmental leaders dedicated to climate
"The process of intergovernmental debate and negotiation on the terms
and conditions to assure economic parity around the world takes time that we may
not have," said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s
chief executive officer. "It is incumbent upon every individual and
business to take voluntary initiatives to limit greenhouse gas emissions and
reduce the risks we face today. As businesses, we know the right answer without
government action to force us to act more responsibly. Entergy’s program will
demonstrate that companies can do the right thing while remaining competitive
"We appreciate, in this period of major uncertainty in the electric
generation sector, how important it is for a leading company like Entergy to
step up and guarantee that it will reduce its emissions even while it continues
to grow its business," said Environmental Defense executive director Fred
Krupp. "As we have learned from past experience, it is possible to cut
emissions and still provide products to customers and profits to shareholders.
Entergy’s leadership in this arena should encourage other electric utilities
to take similar steps to reduce pollution."
To meet its greenhouse gas reduction target, Entergy will undertake a
combination of internal actions and investments in emissions reduction projects.
Entergy has established a $25 million Environmental Initiatives Fund to help
accomplish that goal through 2005. Entergy will work with Environmental Defense
to design the programs that implement the target.
"Entergy’s first priority is to reduce greenhouse gas pollution within
our own operations. We expect to achieve at least 80 percent of the reduction in
this way," said Leonard. "Entergy also believes that extending our
reach outside our own walls for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will
stimulate innovation and create incentives for finding new ways to aggressively
cut pollution in the most practical, cost-effective manner possible."
Entergy will also work within the PCA both to share its experience and to
learn from the other members. As indicated in its policy statement, PCA members
agree to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, take direct actions, employ
market-based mechanisms and share their learning. The organization, launched in
October 2000, currently includes Environmental Defense, Entergy and seven other
members: The Canadian aluminum company Alcan, BP, DuPont, the French aluminum
company Pechiney, the Canadian electric company Ontario Power Generation, Shell
International and Suncor Energy.
Entergy Corporation is a global energy company with power production,
distribution operations, and related diversified services. It owns, manages, or
invests in power plants generating nearly 30,000 megawatts of electricity
domestically and internationally. Entergy serves as the electric utility for
some 2.6 million industrial, commercial, and residential customers in parts of
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Through Entergy-Koch, L.P., it is
also a leading provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services.
Entergy Louisiana’s on-line address is www.entergy-louisiana.com