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October 24, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Alex Schott
Entergy Services, Inc.
aschott@entergy.com
Corporate Responsibility Publication Names Entergy Best Corporate Citizen in Utility Industry

New Orleans, La. – Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine has selected Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) for its 10 Best Corporate Citizens in 2007, an annual list that provides clear visibility to corporate citizenship leaders within the chemical, energy, financial, media and utility industries. For the utility industry, Entergy ranked number one out of 88 North American companies evaluated.

The CRO distinction comes on the heels of Entergy’s other notable achievements in 2007: listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for its financial, social and environmental performance; named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Most Trustworthy Companies” for accounting transparency and fair dealing to stakeholders; and, rated top utility by Institutional Shareholder Services for corporate governance, outperforming 99.8 percent of companies in the S&P 500.

The CRO, a corporate membership organization for corporate responsibility officers, drew upon a broad base of data to evaluate environmental, social, governance and financial issues. The CRO enlisted a consulting firm, IW Financial, to analyze each company’s performance in eight categories: environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, lobbying, philanthropy and financial. As part of the research process, IW Financial relied on data from several sources including company financial disclosures, sustainability reports and Environmental Protection Agency databases. The final designation of the “10 Best” companies was determined by averaging the ranks within the eight categories.

“Entergy is steadfast in its commitment to corporate responsibility,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and CEO. “We are always mindful of our moral responsibilities to our employees, customers, shareholders and communities. We strive to be the company you want to do business with, where you want your children to work and where you want to invest your money.”

In leading the pack for the utility industry, Entergy ranked first overall and scored in the top quartile in seven of the eight categories evaluated: human rights, corporate governance, environment, climate change, philanthropy, financial and employee relations. A complete list of the CRO’s “10 Best” companies and rankings by industry is available on the CRO Web site (www.thecro.com). 

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 14,500 employees.

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Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com.