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February 04, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Chanel Lagarde
Entergy
clagar1@entergy.com
(504) 576-4238
Eric Eagan
SMG
eric.eagan@smgneworleans.com
(504) 941-0970
Entergy, SMG Issue Statement Regarding Power Issues at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans, La. – The following is a joint statement from Entergy Corporation and SMG, the management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, regarding the partial power loss during the Super Bowl in New Orleans:

Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system.  Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.

Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed. Entergy and SMG subsequently coordinated start up procedures, ensuring that full power was safely restored to the Superdome.

The fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy's feed into the facility.

There were no additional issues detected.

Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.

Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, 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.

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