Dispatches Over 200 Employees to Join Effort in Louisiana
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After 16-hour days ensuring everyone who could take service had their lights back on, hundreds of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. employees are spending their Labor Day helping our neighbors in Louisiana in their restoration process. Scout and management teams are spread out across the state, with a large contingency of crews working in Grand Isle. (Video from their departure can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/48660888 using the password Isaac.) Hurricane Isaac is the fourth most destructive storm to affect Entergy systemwide in terms of outages. Our workers have reduced the number of Hurricane Isaac outages by than 665,578, or 87 percent, from the 769,000 systemwide peak. The peak outage number for Entergy Arkansas was 16,024 from 6 a.m., August 31.
"We did have some outages over the weekend from another front that may or may not have been due to Isaac," said Brady Aldy, transmission and distribution operations director for Entergy Arkansas, Inc. "We kept some contractors who worked alongside Entergy Arkansas crews to restore those customers," Aldy added. "We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during this event, and now that we are able to send some linemen and logistical support to help our neighbors, our day-to-day work will be impacted."
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to 700,000 customers in 63 counties. 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, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.