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June 20, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Debi Derrick
Entergy
dderric@entergy.com
Entergy Matches Customer Donations to Project CARE

Trust Fund to Benefit Elderly, Disabled Grows by Nearly $150,000

Beaumont, Texas – Entergy Texas’ long-standing program to assist low-income senior citizens with energy bills received a big boost today when shareholders provided a $148,800 dollar-for-dollar match to 2005 local fund-raising efforts.

The matching funds were presented to members of Project CARE’s board of directors this morning at the Edison Plaza Building in downtown Beaumont. Contributions made to the program in 2005, combined with the matching dollars, means $397,835 was added to the Project CARE coffers last year.

“As proud as I am to present this check to Project CARE, I must acknowledge the outstanding generosity of our customers and employees,” said Todd, a regional customer service manager who represented Entergy at the event. “The fact that this money is a match to funds already raised points out how much the citizens of Southeast Texas and our own people care about the needs of low-income senior citizens. Their dollars made these dollars possible.”

Project CARE, an acronym for Community Assistance Relating to Energy, began in 1982 when Entergy’s predecessor company, Gulf States Utilities, realized that the elderly it served were particularly vulnerable to interruptions in utility service.

By the end of 2005, the program through the years had paid out $3.8 million to assist 43,822 low-income senior citizens with energy bills. Project CARE pays up to two bills a year, whether electric, gas or other fuels. Additionally, the organization pays for minor weatherization and will also provide for minor repairs or purchases of heating and cooling equipment.

In 2005 alone, the program paid out more than $455,000 to assist 2,892 senior citizens.

To qualify for Project CARE assistance, a person needs to be 60 years of age or older, or, if disabled, 55 or older. He or she must live within the Entergy Texas service area and either be the head of the household and/or the party in whose name the utility service is listed for which assistance has been requested.

The program is a trust fund with actual assistance provided through 15 charitable, nonprofit agencies throughout Southeast Texas that are designated to administer Project CARE dollars.

Members of the Project CARE board of directors include President Howard Frey of Port Neches; Aletha Harris of The Woodlands; Georgia Elmer, Riverside; Essie Bellfield, Orange; Shirlene Cook and Paula O’Neal, both of Beaumont; and Entergy employees Brenda Broussard and Paula Odom.

Entergy Texas provides electricity to some 380,000 customers in 24 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. 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 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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Entergy Texas’ on-line address is www.entergy-texas.com.