Since 2001, Entergy has operated under voluntary commitments to stabilize
our CO2 emissions as part of our efforts to be environmentally responsible
and manage risks related to potential federal legislation of emissions.
According to the 2018
Air Emissions Report, Entergy is the sixth-largest of the top 100 power
producers. At the same time, Entergy ranks fifth in the production of
zero-emitting energy. Entergy's CO2 emission rate is the fourth lowest among
the top 20 privately owned and investor-owned power producers. For more
details on how Entergy compares, see the charts below:
Our current commitment is to maintain CO2 emissions from Entergy-owned
power plants and controllable power purchases through 2020 at 20 percent
below year 2000 levels. Through 2017, our cumulative emissions were more
than 8 percent below our commitment level. Learn more on our Clean
Entergy also continues to invest in innovative projects that reduce
emissions. For example, electric vehicles account for a growing percentage
of the nation's transportation portfolio. In 2017, we launched our
Power Drive initiative to
ensure we're prepared to meet our customers' needs for power to supply
electric vehicles safely and reliably.
Other innovative emissions-reducing efforts include
truck stop electrification technology and incentives for agricultural
convert diesel irrigation pumps to electric.
To submit an environmental improvement project for consideration of
funding through Entergy's Environmental Initiatives Fund, click
here for the request for proposals. For a history of projects funded
through the EIF, click
Biodiversity and Habitat Restoration
Our commitment to biodiversity and
habitat restoration has earned us a perfect score of 100 in the biodiversity
focus area on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in 2017.
This commitment includes projects such as utilizing our
integrated mapping systems to twice reroute a proposed 25-mile transmission
line in Madison County, Mississippi, to avoid three identified eagle nests
and investing in wetlands restoration efforts to promote greater
resiliency in our service territory, enhance biodiversity and local
ecosystems. We actively participate in avian monitoring programs and have an
Avian and Wildlife Protection Standard that promotes compliance with
wildlife conservation and avian protection laws. Reducing electrical system
impacts on wildlife also contributes to improved service reliability for
We assess biodiversity risks at all operating sites and develop
facility-specific plans to reduce risks and protect and enhance biodiversity
as needed. We also maintain a Biodiversity Peer Group that examines related
legislation, regulation and issues at all levels of government that impact
Entergy's operations or are impacted by Entergy's operations, to provide a
forum for members to discuss these issues and to provide a vehicle for
development and coordination of path-forward strategies. The group also is
charged with identification and/or implantation of projects/programs to
enhance biodiversity and promote awareness/educate employees and the public
regarding the advantages to enhancing biodiversity. See Entergy's
Commitment to Biodiversity White Paper for more information.
Recycling and Waste Minimization
Entergy maintains a waste management and minimization standard that
outlines our basic philosophy and expectations regarding activities that
play key roles in reducing our environmental footprint. Entergy reduces
waste by repurposing unused or obsolete material such as scrap wire and
metal that is recycled, on-road and off-road vehicles and trailers sold
through auctions, and miscellaneous stored materials deemed obsolete such as
pumps, valves, electronic parts, office equipment and more through
investment recovery sales. In 2017, these sales totaled approximately $11
Our management approach to reduce waste includes resale/recycling of coal
combustion residual, which is the largest single waste stream from our
coal-fired plants. Entergy proactively sells much of this CCR for beneficial
reuse. Entergy's 2017 recycle rate of 87 percent ranks it as one of the
largest CCR recyclers in the country – thus, helping us reduce the amount of
landfill space needed to dispose of this material.
More information on our recycling actions can be found in our
2017 Integrated Report and our Performance
We're also benefiting our customers and the environment by providing more
online, self-service tools that reduce reliance on paper bills and
communications. These transactions, which include web, text message and
interactive voice response, now represent nearly 50 percent of our
customers' transactions. In 2017, we met our target goal of approximately
765,000 customers opting for paper-free electronic billing, an option that
not only meets customers' needs but also helps reduce environmental impacts.
Electronic billing also represents more than $8 million in annual
operational savings versus providing paper bills.
Minimizing Water Use
Reliable access to clean water is an area of increasing concern for many
of the customers and communities we serve. We work to minimize our impact on
water by using water-saving technologies and minimizing our water withdrawal
in water-stressed areas. We also use reclaimed or recycled water in our
cooling systems where applicable. We protect water resources by maintaining
a compliance rate with state and federal permit requirements of at least 99
percent from year to year. Related performance data: Water
Withdrawn, Water Permit Exceedances.
Lewis Creek plant is located in the state of Texas Lone Star Groundwater
Conservation District, an area identified as water-stressed. The plant
worked with the water conservation district to optimize water use, gaining
best practices that can help us use water wisely throughout our operations.
The plant achieved its water conservation goal of minimizing freshwater
withdrawals by 30% by 2016 and maintained this level during 2017.
Fleet modernization also minimizes our impact on water. Cleaner, more
efficient generating sources use significantly less water than legacy units.
We are engaged with stakeholders in our local communities to find innovative
new solutions related to water. For example, we supported
2017, an initiative presented by
Propeller, a New Orleans-based nonprofit
organization that focuses on solving New Orleans' most pressing water issues