New Orleans, La. - With temperatures spiking in areas throughout Entergy's service territory, energy usage also is rising as customers try to battle the heat - and the elderly and disabled can be particularly impacted. To help, Entergy shareholders along with employees and customers have donated more than $1.2 million to Entergy's The Power to Care emergency utility assistance fund.
While the total donation helps customers throughout Entergy's four-state service territory, more than $515,000 of that shareholder contribution is dedicated to helping some of the most vulnerable Entergy customers across Louisiana handle their utility bills.
"This summer is starting off with a heat wave that is very challenging for customers, especially the elderly and disabled for whom very high temperatures can be dangerous," said Charles Rice, president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. "Entergy is committed to helping customers in need, and we are proud of our participation with this critical program."
One hundred percent of each contribution goes directly to help customers who need assistance. There are no administrative costs associated with the donations. To contribute to the fund, visit entergy.com or simply check the donation box on your monthly bill. To find out if you qualify to receive assistance, contact your local Council on Aging.
The Power to Care fund provides emergency utility assistance to qualifying elderly and disabled Entergy customers across Louisiana through partnerships with parish Councils on Aging.
In addition to The Power to Care funding, Entergy employees in Louisiana are reaching out to local charitable organizations to help supply water to cooling centers across the state service territory.
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 Corporation's electric system serving 2.8 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility serving Orleans Parish and is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. The company provides electricity to more than 160,000 customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers in Orleans Parish.