Entergy Louisiana hits significant milestone in renewable energy production

Published on February 22, 2024 by Dave Kovaleski

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Entergy Louisiana recently reached a significant milestone, as renewable power surpassed coal in energy production for the first time.

Renewable energy production totaled over 1.1 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2023, exceeding coal’s output of just over 900,000 MWh during the same period. It underscores the increasing role of renewable energy sources in Louisiana’s energy mix as well as economics that favor cleaner generating resources.

“This achievement reflects Entergy Louisiana’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation,” Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO, said. “We are proud to lead the way in transitioning towards cleaner energy sources while continuing to deliver reliable and affordable power to our customers.”

Currently, about 25 percent of the company’s generation portfolio comes from carbon-free resources, including nuclear and renewable technologies. Entergy Louisiana’s long-term vision includes further investments in clean energy infrastructure, especially utility-scale solar because it is becoming more economic and dependable. The company also plans further investments in energy efficiency programs and partnerships with local stakeholders to promote sustainability and resilience.

At present, Entergy Louisiana has approximately 230 megawatts of renewable resources, including the Capital Region Solar facility, which opened in October 2020. Last month, the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved a solar filing consisting of approximately 225 MW of renewable projects, bringing the operating company’s total solar portfolio to over 3,0000 MW in various stages of development.

Entergy Corporation, the parent company, plans for as much as 15 to 17 gigawatts of renewable resources by the end of 2031 and is committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“We recognize the importance of collaboration and engagement with customers, regulators and community partners in achieving our sustainability goals,” May said. “By working together, we can create a brighter, cleaner future for generations to come.”