Entergy’s Stewardship of Trees Boosts Reliability and Resiliency

BEAUMONT July 19, 2018 ⎯ It’s more than luck that recently earned Entergy Texas recognition as a Tree Line USA utility for the 13th year in a row. The award by the Arbor Day Foundation celebrates the company’s year-round, proactive vegetation management practices that prioritize proper tree pruning, planting and care.

Entergy’s work to keep its infrastructure free from branches and foliage helps minimize service outages from falling trees and limbs, especially during severe weather.

“Proactive planning and implementation by our distribution and transmission vegetation management teams is one of the most efficient and effective ways Entergy Texas keeps the power flowing to customers,” said Stuart Barrett, interim vice president of customer service for Entergy Texas, Inc. “These actions to ensure service reliability are especially important for customers now that storm season has arrived.” 

Entergy Texas trims approximately 2,200 miles of circuits throughout the 27 counties it serves each year. These lines and poles are often in varied and challenging terrain. Excessive rain, drought, and weather conditions all have an impact on the state of vegetation along our lines. Cooperation by Entergy customers has been key to the success of the program. 

“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Trees conserve energy and reduce peak demand for electricity — an important benefit to customers. Proper tree care also promotes cleaner air and water, increases property values and improves quality of life within communities. The award recognizes Entergy Texas for training employees in tree care, educating customers about energy conservation and helping homeowners properly plant trees nearby utility lines.

“Service providers like Entergy demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens,” Lambe said.

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 27 counties. 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, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.      

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