Entergy is a leader in clean generation. More than half of the energy we
supply to meet utility demand comes from efficient natural gas-fired
generation and clean nuclear generation.
Entergy's investments in
fleet transformation and nuclear uprates have greatly reduced both absolute
air emissions and emission rates since 2000. Over the past 12 years, our
operating companies and Entergy Wholesale Commodities have added
approximately 4,458 megawatts of clean, highly efficient combined cycle gas
turbines generation and 700 megawatts of non-emitting nuclear generation by
increasing capacity at existing plants.
CCGT plants are highly
efficient at reducing the amount of fuel burned per kilowatt hour of energy
produced, thus greatly reducing emissions. Entergy's strategy has allowed
the retirement or reduced use of 4,000 megawatts of older, less efficient
legacy gas steam units.
Since 2000, our investments in clean energy
capacity have resulted in:
61% reduction in absolute NOx emissions and 69% reduction in NOx
36% reduction in absolute CO2 emissions and 50% reduction in CO2
emission rates; and
69% reduction in SO2 emissions and 75% reduction SO2 emission rates.
Entergy's reductions in absolute air emissions were accomplished during a
period when our annual electric generation grew by 29 percent.
Graphs indicate Entergy's rank among the top 100 U.S. power
producers as shared in an annual
Benchmarking Air Emissions Report on U.S. power plant emissions.
Entergy is an industry leader in voluntary emissions reductions.