Entergy under power pressures due to ‘Perfect Storm' - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Entergy under power pressures due to ‘Perfect Storm'

The following is a news release from Entergy:

Entergy Under Power Pressures Due to ‘Perfect Storm'

Storms, flooding, high heat and maintenance challenging companies' ability to meet demands

Southwest, La. — The combination of damage from recent storms, current flood conditions, unusually high demand from higher temperatures and routine scheduled maintenance is challenging the ability of Entergy utilities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to meet customer demands for power.

Entergy has already reduced demand by curtailing some industrial and wholesale customers with whom the company has special agreements.

"This is a very unique situation, and we are facing significant challenges," said Bill Mohl, president and chief executive officer of Entergy's Louisiana utilities. "We're working to import purchased power and we've curtailed power sales to those with whom we have agreements, but it's important that our customers are aware that we could face power shortages until these conditions improve."

Damage to Entergy's transmission facilities in Arkansas from several April storms makes operating the undamaged parts of the company's four-state system a challenge until repair and restoration are complete. Massive resources are focused on getting them back into service, but it remains a huge, labor-intensive project.

Entergy is required to meet the National Electric Safety Code for transmission line clearance and the floods are challenging the company's ability to do so. The threat of Mississippi River flooding means some generating plants along the river, as well as some transmission and distribution lines, may be restricted or taken offline.

"Our number one focus is the safety of the public and our employees, and this is the primary reason Entergy may shut down some facilities and/or lines," Mohl said.

In addition, unseasonably high temperatures are creating additional demands on the power grid as customers use more electricity to cool their homes and businesses. This is occurring at a time when some plants are already offline for routine scheduled maintenance in preparation for summer's peak demands.

Any steps customers can take to conserve power at this time will help lessen the risk for power curtailment and the severity of any necessary curtailment. Some ways customers can reduce their energy usage include:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 or the highest comfortable temperature
  • When using window units, shut doors to unused rooms, and close floor or wall registers used for heating.
  • Keep air conditioner filters clean. Aluminum mesh filters should be washed and fiberglass filters should be replaced monthly.
  • Leave storm windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is on.
  • Close shades and drapes on the sunny side of the house during the day to keep light and heat out.
  • Don't block air vents with curtains, shades or furniture.
  • Keep the cool air in your home circulating with ceiling, oscillating or box fans. Circulating air makes you feel cooler and allows you to set your thermostat higher.
  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to remove excess heat and humidity caused by cooking, laundering and bathing.

Entergy's Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corp's electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LSU AgCenter could face budget cuts

    LSU AgCenter could face budget cuts

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:31:39 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    It's crunch time for Louisiana lawmakers.  Tuesday they begin a second special session to figure out the state's budget mess. The end of some temporary taxes means the state will face an estimated $650 million deficit when the new fiscal year begins July 1st.  During the regular session lawmakers could only make cuts to balance the budget, but in the special session tax hikes are back in play.  Governor John Bel Edwards wants increased sales taxes to bridge the budge...

    More >>

    It's crunch time for Louisiana lawmakers.  Tuesday they begin a second special session to figure out the state's budget mess. The end of some temporary taxes means the state will face an estimated $650 million deficit when the new fiscal year begins July 1st.  During the regular session lawmakers could only make cuts to balance the budget, but in the special session tax hikes are back in play.  Governor John Bel Edwards wants increased sales taxes to bridge the budge...

    More >>
  • Alert postal carrier and neighbor rescue elderly woman on floor for days

    Alert postal carrier and neighbor rescue elderly woman on floor for days

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:13 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:13:33 GMT

    Imagine lying helplessly on the floor in your home for days, waiting and hoping that someone will find you before it's too late. It happened to 80 year old Maggie Arcement who will never forget the ones who came to her rescue. Arcement sits on the side of the bed a few minutes after waking up in the morning. "Saying my prayers and my meditation and then I stand up and go on my way.  I do this so I don't get dizzy," she explains.  But last Monday her le...

    More >>

    Imagine lying helplessly on the floor in your home for days, waiting and hoping that someone will find you before it's too late. It happened to 80 year old Maggie Arcement who will never forget the ones who came to her rescue. Arcement sits on the side of the bed a few minutes after waking up in the morning. "Saying my prayers and my meditation and then I stand up and go on my way.  I do this so I don't get dizzy," she explains.  But last Monday her le...

    More >>
  • LCPD looking for suspect in 12th Street shooting

    LCPD looking for suspect in 12th Street shooting

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:02:18 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    A shooting on 12th Street leaves a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A victim was shot multiple times but doesn't have any injuries, said Harrell. The suspect has not been apprehended, according to Harrell. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A shooting on 12th Street leaves a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A victim was shot multiple times but doesn't have any injuries, said Harrell. The suspect has not been apprehended, according to Harrell. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly