Orleans, La. – Entergy Corporation has won the Edison Electric Institute’s
first-ever Advocacy Excellence Award. The award recognizes Entergy’s
comprehensive campaign to defend its Indian Point Energy Center outside New York
City against efforts to force its closure in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist
presentation was made during EEI’s winter CEO Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
yesterday. Accepting the award on behalf of Entergy was Curt Hébert, Jr.,
executive vice president of external affairs.
campaign, which began in January 2002, continues today, focuses on a combination
of efforts by Entergy to educate the public, media and governmental entities
with facts to demonstrate that the twin nuclear reactors at the Indian Point
Energy Center, located in Buchanan, New York, operate safely, function under the
highest level of security, and are a vital part of New York''s energy
Entergy’s campaign is largely driven by employee volunteers who attend public
meetings, post yard signs and bumper stickers, and draft letters to local
newspapers and legislators. “This campaign touches all facets of the business
and can not be executed without the total participation and coordination of the
entire Entergy family, which includes employees, retirees, union groups,
vendors, and suppliers, to name a few,” said Hébert. “This campaign, and the
recognition we have received today from EEI, proves what I have always believed,
that none of us are as good by ourselves, as we are together.”
addition to the grassroots employee activism and organizing efforts, the company
executed an advertising campaign covering radio and print media in New York
City, the Hudson Valley suburbs and Albany. Briefings and plant tours are also
conducted for government officials, and the company launched an informational
Web site specifically targeting Indian Point at www.safesecurevital.org to share
factual information regarding the plant’s security and vitality to the local
Indian Point Energy Center, which employs more than 1,500 highly skilled
workers, contributes 20 percent to 40 percent of the electricity in the New York
metropolitan area, depending on the season. Millions of homes, thousands of
businesses and hundreds of critical transportation, health and municipal systems
rely on its reliable, low-cost power. Without Indian Point’s 2,000 megawatts,
energy costs would rise over an estimated $1 billion a year in the New York
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 over $9 billion
and approximately 14,000 employees.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com.