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May 08, 2001
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Yolanda Pollard
Entergy
ypollar@entergy.com
Thirteen Louisiana Plants Included in Entergy Pledge to Stabilize Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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 expensive).
  • 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 alternative).
  • 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 alternative).
  • 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 oil alternative).
  • Michoud plant in New Orleans, owned by Entergy New Orleans, which is capable of generating 918 million kWh using natural gas (with an oil alternative).

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 protection.

"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 and profitable."

"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.

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Entergy Louisiana’s on-line address is www.entergy-louisiana.com