Entergy Texas, Sempra Infrastructure enter partnership to develop renewable electricity plan

Published on July 28, 2022 by Chris Galford

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Though non-binding, Entergy Texas and Sempra Infrastructure this week entered a memorandum of understanding to develop options for a renewable electricity plan and generate supply resiliency for the Lone Star State.

The agreement laid out the foundations of their collaboration, establishing an implementation schedule for renewable energy procurement to supply Sempra Infrastructure affiliated facilities. Such facilities are being developed in southeast Texas, though Sempra infrastructure – a subsidiary of larger energy infrastructure company Sempra – is based out of California.

“We look forward to partnering with Sempra Infrastructure to help reduce their emissions through clean electrification and integration of renewable energy into their operations,” Eliecer Viamontes, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, said. “We seek to be a strategic partner with our customers and communities to help meet their sustainability goals while increasing the reliability and resiliency of our system.”

Currently, Sempra developments in-state include the Port Arthur LNG project in Jefferson County, as well as the Port Arthur Pipeline Louisiana Connector to transport natural gas to the LNG project and help co-locate low carbon hydrogen production and storage at or near its other facilities. While Phase 1 of the LNG project has been permitted, Sempra’s work with Entergy will be subject to approval from the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

This will also coincide with Entergy Texas’s plans to invest more than $2.5 billion by the end of 2024 to create cleaner, more resilient, and sustainable power throughout southeast Texas.

“Sempra Infrastructure has greenhouse gas reduction goals for our facilities through the utilization of low-carbon technologies, including electrification of key processes, carbon dioxide sequestration, and the use of cost-effective renewable energy, and we are excited about the opportunity to jointly develop a renewable electricity plan that could provide an efficient, resilient and economic path to achieve our goals,” Martin Hupka, president of LNG and Net Zero Solutions for Sempra Infrastructure, said.