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Entergy providing power to Crowley vessels at the Port of Lake Charles

By David Freese

Posted October 13, 2022 in News

Shore power provides customer solutions and helps protect the environment

To help deliver customer solutions and protect the environment, Entergy Louisiana has expanded its shore power capabilities so that Crowley vessels operating out of the Port of Lake Charles have a more sustainable and low-emission option while docked.

Shore power is an idle-reduction technology that enables vessels to connect to electricity rather than run on fossil fuels when not in service, resulting in lower emissions and noise due to reduced engine use.

This is the second shore power project Entergy has completed along the Gulf Coast, with the first being launched at Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish.

“We’re proud to have partnered with Crowley and the Port of Lake Charles to bring shore power to southwest Louisiana,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “Like us, our customers are working hard to make their operations cleaner, and this is just one way our company can help them accomplish their sustainability goals and better the communities we serve.”

Initially, the project will support four Crowley ocean-class tugboats, and the Port estimates it will reduce net carbon dioxide emissions by more than 500 metric tons per year.

“Partnerships are essential to reach our decarbonization goals in maritime and working with Entergy and the Port of Lake Charles to initiate shore power for our ocean-class workboats helps in decreasing our environmental impact,” said Matt Yacavone, Crowley Shipping senior vice president and general manager. “Using shore power to reduce emissions aligns with our overall sustainability strategy and advances our journey to reach our net-zero emission goal by 2050 and help the communities and customers we serve.”

“The Port of Lake Charles is excited about this new project to better serve our customers and to help reduce local emissions,” said Richert Self, Port of Lake Charles executive director. “Shore power saves consumption of fuel that would otherwise be used to power vessels while docked — and that reduces air pollution from the consumption of that fuel.”

“This is a win-win partnership,” said Thomas L. Lorenzi, president of the Port’s Board of Commissioners. “This infrastructure will reduce CO2 emissions, increase operational efficiency and potentially reduce the maintenance costs and wear-and-tear of tug engines.”

Customers using shore power provided by Entergy can reduce net emissions by drawing power produced by the utility’s clean generating fleet. In 2001, the company was the first U.S. utility to voluntarily set goals to stabilize emissions, and in 2020, committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. To learn more about Entergy’s commitment to decarbonization, visit entergy.com/environment.

About the Port of Lake Charles

The Port of Lake Charles – officially, the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District – is a top-15 U.S. deepwater port district in terms of annual cargo tonnage. It will celebrate its 96th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Port at portlc.com.

About Crowley

Crowley is a privately held, U.S.-owned and -operated maritime, energy and logistics solutions company serving commercial and government sectors with more than $2.9 billion in annual revenues, over 170 vessels mostly in the Jones Act fleet and approximately 7,000 employees around the world – employing more U.S. mariners than any other company. The Crowley enterprise has invested more than $3 billion in maritime transport, which is the backbone of global trade and the global economy. As a global ship owner-operator and services provider with more than 130 years of innovation and a commitment to sustainability, the company serves customers in 36 nations and island territories through five business units: Crowley Logistics, Crowley Shipping, Crowley Solutions, Crowley Fuels and Crowley Wind Services. Additional information about Crowley, its business units and subsidiaries can be found at www.crowley.com.

About Entergy Louisiana

Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers in 58 parishes and natural gas service to more than 94,000 customers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Entergy Louisiana is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,000 employees.