Entergy’s emissions reduction goals would yield higher emissions than it produced in 2017
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Entergy’s emissions reduction goals would yield higher emissions than it produced in 2017

Michael Isaac Stein |
July 12, 2019

Entergy’s emissions reduction goals would yield higher emissions than it produced in 2017


In March, Entergy released a report outlining how it would respond to climate change, including an emissions reduction goal. But the goal it set for annual carbon emissions in 2030 is actually an increase of roughly two million tons from 2017 levels. 

Entergy’s report said that its plan would reduce overall emissions from its utility generation by approximately 28 percent. But it uses the year 2000 as a baseline. The company already met and exceeded that goal in 2017, according to data provided by Entergy. 

Though the company’s 2030 emissions would increase relative to 2017, it is a slight reduction from 2018 levels, since Energy’s overall carbon emissions crept up from 2017 to 2018. 

Chuck Barlow, Entergy’s Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Policy, said the company used 2000 as a comparison year because that was the baseline for Entergy’s first carbon reduction goals in 2001. 

“It’s the year that Entergy started spending a lot of time and effort in trying to deal with climate issues,” Barlow said. “We were the first US electric utility to adopt a voluntary carbon goal, a cap on our emissions. We did that in 2001.”

Barlow said that he didn’t think it was at all misleading to use 2000 as a base year, when emissions were roughly 30 percent higher than they are today. 

“The numbers are right in the report,” he said. “It’s telling you our base year is 2000.”

Entergy’s forecast of higher emissions in 2030 than in 2017 was noted in a recent report from the Energy and Policy Institute, a pro-renewable energy group that seeks to expose what it characterizes as “misinformation by fossil fuel and utility interests.” 

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