Entergy hosts Southeast Texas Energy Leadership Summit

Published on April 30, 2024 by Dave Kovaleski

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As the population in Texas continues to grow, so does the need for more electricity in the Lone Star State.

Entergy Texas, which serves two of the fastest-growing areas, Harris and Montgomery counties, convened a summit of industry leaders and stakeholders last week to address the challenges posed by the need for more power.

Specifically, Entergy Texas hosted the inaugural Southeast Texas Energy Leadership Summit, which connected over 200 industry, community, and political leaders to discuss solutions and collaborative approaches to meet the region’s evolving energy needs.

“The summit provided an engaging platform to explore energy solutions that will help support the growth to come and continue to fuel economic prosperity in the region,” Eliecer Viamontes, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, said. “Based on our own growth projections, there’s a need to increase the amount of power generation in our region by 40% in just four years.”

Among the speakers at the event were former U.S. Secretary of Energy and current President and CEO of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Dan Brouillette; Public Utility Commissioner of Texas, Kathleen Jackson; and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar.

Attendees also received a preview of Entergy Texas’ Southeast Texas Energy Plan, also known as STEP Ahead. The six-step plan includes transmission, generation and resiliency investments aimed to strengthen the Southeast Texas power grid. The details of this energy plan are expected to be announced in the coming months.