Clean Coal Technologies, Retrofits & Upgrades

Entergy requests Little Gypsy repowering

12 July 2007 — Entergy Louisiana LLC, a unit of Entergy Corp., is asking the Louisiana Public Service Commission for approval to repower an existing natural gas generating unit at its Little Gypsy site in Montz, La. The repowered unit will provide 538 MW of baseload generation that can burn petroleum coke and coals. The estimated $1.55 billion unit will use a circulating fluidized bed technology developed under the Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Technology program.

“Once online, this unit will allow us to rely less on natural gas as a fuel source to generate electricity,” said Renae Conley, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana. “Power generated with petroleum coke is significantly cheaper than base load power generated by natural gas. At today’s price of natural gas, this project has the potential to provide our customers with substantial savings in fuel costs over the next 30 years.”

In its application, Entergy Louisiana asked regulators to give its initial approval of the project by November so that long lead time equipment, such as the boiler and piping components, could be manufactured in time for the project to be completed as scheduled. In a second step, the LPSC staff will conduct a more detailed review of the project over the next several months and make a determination if it is in the public interest for the project to go forward.

Entergy Louisiana also requested that, once the LPSC gives its final approval of the project, the company be allowed to recover a portion of the construction financing costs of the project.

The Louisiana-based Shaw Group Inc. is the engineering, procurement and construction services contractor for the project. The repowered Little Gypsy unit is expected to be online in the 2011 to 2012 timeframe.