Helping customers improve energy efficiency continues to play an
important role in Entergy's strategy to reduce emissions.
Money online customer tools offer information on energy efficiency, bill
management and assistance programs; programs such as
READI offer free residential audit and direct-install programs that
include home inspections, installation of energy-efficient products and
information on Entergy programs that can increase efficiency.
business customers, we offer tools to save energy and money, including
programs that help us manage peak power usage more effectively. For example,
Entergy can install new meters and remote control hardware on irrigation
pumps at no charge to agricultural producers who allow us to power off
participating wells during peak demand months for limited periods.
Energy-efficiency programs are an integral part of Entergy's Low-Income
Customer Assistance Initiative, and they also boost economic development. An
Entergy-commissioned study, "Energy
Efficiency Equals Economic Development," determined a significant
economic multiplier for low-income energy efficiency -- every dollar
invested produces $23 in economic impact.
Since 2007, Entergy Arkansas has carried on that tradition with a menu of
15 energy efficiency programs to help customers use less electricity. The
suite of programs is called
Entergy Solutions. These programs are part of Entergy Arkansas' strategy
to invest and modernize and develop economic supply solutions. In 2016,
Entergy presented to the Arkansas Public Service Commission its largest
energy-efficiency program filing so far; requesting approval to spend $189
million for customer incentives and other program costs over three years
beginning in 2017.
Entergy is also working toward supporting
portfolio transformation, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. recently received
regulatory approval for an 81 MW PPA with a new solar farm and ELL and ENO
have publicly announced renewable energy requests for proposals to secure up
to 200 MW and 20 MW, respectively.