Proactive Approaches to Adaptation
A large portion of Entergy's customer base and the majority of its
utility infrastructure are in the Gulf Coast region, which is experiencing
one of the fastest rates of wetland loss in the world, especially along
Coastal Louisiana. The first line of defense to prevent further loss
involves working with our communities to restore and maintain barrier
islands and coastal wetlands that serve as natural protection in severe
Our utilities own 21 GW of generation, 15,700
miles of transmission and 100,000 circuit miles of distribution lines in the
Gulf Coast region -- susceptible to storms potentially made worse by coastal
wetlands loss. Entergy manages physical risks by storm-hardening of its
transmission and distribution system, technical conferences with customers
on resilience, investment in emergency preparedness and research into
For example, we are partnering with Tierra Resources to
help restore and preserve more of Louisiana's wetlands through aerial
planting of mangroves. Wetlands play a crucial role in storm protection and
economic prosperity for many Entergy communities. During 2017, we engaged
with The Lowlander Center to revisit the 2010
Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast report
and data, and the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Resilient Community
Forums conducted in 2011-2012 in partnership with
America's WETLAND Foundation.
Recent reports and data on businesses in coastal communities are being
reviewed to ascertain the impacts of the previous efforts, as well as to
identify additional opportunities to promote resilience.
Entergy has invested more than $1.5 million through the Restore the Earth
Foundation in a landscape-scale reforestation project in the Tensas River
National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Every $1 invested is estimated to
generate more than $36 in environmental, social and economic value including
cleaner air and water, soil stabilization, storm protection and flood
control, enhanced recreational opportunities and job creation.
Entergy also is helping connect
entrepreneurs with opportunities to restore Louisiana's coast. Building
a supply chain for coastal restoration can help increase community
resilience in the face of future extreme weather events.
Saving Wetlands: Entergy Helps Restore Chef Menteur Pass - While hurricanes and other factors are wearing away Louisiana's fragile
coastal wetlands, Entergy Corporation and Ecosystem Investment Partners are
helping build it back.
2017 Environmental Performance Highlights
|Protecting our Gulf Coast Communities: