Beaumont, Texas – 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 $212,800
of that contribution is dedicated to helping some of the most vulnerable Entergy
customers across Texas handle their utility bills.
“This summer started 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 Sallie Rainer, president
and chief executive officer of Entergy Texas, Inc. “Entergy is committed to
helping customers in need, and we are proud of our participation with this
The Power To Care program is funded
through donations from Entergy employees and customers with shareholders
matching their donations dollar for dollar up to $500,000 annually. 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
entergytexas.com or simply check the donation box on your monthly bill. To
find out if you qualify to receive assistance, first contact Entergy at
1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to determine the nonprofit agency closest to you
that administers the program. You would then need to contact that agency.
The Power to Care fund provides
emergency utility assistance to qualifying elderly and disabled Entergy
customers across Texas through partnerships with locally-based nonprofit
In addition to The Power to Care
funding, Entergy Texas is reaching out to local charitable organizations to help
supply cooling centers in its service territory. The company has also begun its
annual “Beat the Heat” program and is delivering fans to nonprofit agencies for
distribution to customers in need.
Entergy Texas provides electricity to
more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy
Corporation. Entergy 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, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one
of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy serves 2.8 million customers
in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.