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Proactive Approaches to Adaptation

A large portion of Entergy's customer base and the majority of its utility infrastructure are in the Gulf Coast region, which is experiencing one of the fastest rates of wetland loss in the world, especially along Coastal Louisiana. The first line of defense to prevent further loss involves working with our communities to restore and maintain barrier islands and coastal wetlands that serve as natural protection in severe weather situations.
 
Our utilities own 21 GW of generation, 15,500 miles of transmission and 100,000 circuit miles of distribution lines in the Gulf Coast region -- susceptible to storms potentially made worse by coastal wetlands loss. Entergy manages physical risks by storm-hardening of its transmission and distribution system, technical conferences with customers on resilience, investment in emergency preparedness and research into adaptation.
 
For example, we are partnering with Tierra Resources to help restore and preserve more of Louisiana's wetlands through aerial planting of mangroves. Wetlands play a crucial role in storm protection and economic prosperity for many Entergy communities. Entergy is also engaged with The Lowlander Center to revisit the 2010 Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast report and data, and the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Resilient Community Forums conducted in 2011-2012 in partnership with America's WETLAND Foundation. Recent reports and data on businesses in coastal communities are being reviewed to ascertain the impacts of the previous efforts, as well as to identify additional opportunities to promote resilience.

In 2014, Entergy awarded a $500,000 grant to The Nature Conservancy to support wetland restoration efforts, which can help minimize physical impacts and economic disruption caused by extreme weather.

Entergy also is helping connect entrepreneurs with opportunities to restore Louisiana's coast. Building a supply chain for coastal restoration can help increase community resilience in the face of future extreme weather events.

 

 



Saving Wetlands: Entergy Helps Restore Chef Menteur Pass - While hurricanes and other factors are wearing away Louisiana's fragile coastal wetlands, Entergy Corporation and Ecosystem Investment Partners are helping build it back.


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