Entergy Louisiana prepared for winter weather

Entergy Louisiana prepared for winter weather
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 4:29pm

Baton Rouge, La. – Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. are prepared to respond to any outages in Louisiana over the next few days that could be caused by the winter weather system that is expected to move into the state tomorrow morning.

“The weather system is dynamic, and although it is not a major winter storm, freezing rain and ice accumulation can pose a significant threat to an electric system,” said Dennis Dawsey, vice president of transmission and distribution for Entergy’s Louisiana utilities. “We’re leaving nothing to chance. Our crews are prepared if severe weather strikes.”

Entergy officials have been working with the company’s weather vendors in advance of the storm to better understand the potential risk and prepare accordingly.

When planning which work will be done first following a storm, Entergy’s Louisiana utilities place top priority on restoring service to facilities considered critical. These include hospitals, fire stations, police departments and other public facilities. After critical infrastructure has been restored, crews do the work that will get the largest numbers of customers on as quickly as possible.

Entergy urges customers to monitor the storm and prepare to implement their own storm plans if needed.
The cold temperatures will also drive increased electricity usage. As in any severe weather event, Entergy also encourages customers to conserve energy and reminds them of the top five energy savers:

  • Adjust the thermostat. During winter months, set the thermostat to 68 degrees. Every degree higher will add approximately three percent to your bill.
  • Conserve hot water. Wrap your electric water heater with a water heater blanket and set the thermostat to 120 degrees, or medium.
  • Replace air and furnace filters every 30 days.
  • Use energy-efficient bulbs when replacing light bulbs. Entergy recommends Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs that use approximately 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • Seal air leaks. Use weather stripping around doors, windows and any location where there’s a path from the inside of your home to the outside.

As well, Entergy urges all customers with a power outage or a downed power line to report it by calling 1-800 9OUTAGE (1-800 968-8243) toll free. Remember that live wires can be deadly, so stay away from downed power lines. Storm preparedness tips and much more information is available at Entergy’s website at Entergy.com.

Other online services available are My Account Anywhere and View Outages. My Account Anywhere lets customers send and receive text information about power outages through their cell phones. Customers can also receive alerts about outages at their homes and businesses. To use the service, customers must register a cell phone number to their Entergy account. Registration is simple. From any text-capable cell phone, send the message “reg” (without quotes) to 368374. The system will respond and ask for an Entergy account number and ZIP code. Anyone with Internet access can go to Entergy.com, click on “View Outages” and see where outages are occurring down to the street level. Customers can also get storm-related information by following Entergy Louisiana’s Twitter account: @EntergyMediaLA.


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