To further build partnerships and deliver energy solutions to our largest customers, Entergy Texas, Inc. has appointed Ernest Peeples as director of business and economic development. Peeples is a veteran leader with deep experience in business development across several global organizations.
Peeples most recently served as a consultant with L&G Holdings, where he led client engagements around business development opportunities in the areas of oil & gas strategy, retail marketing, and product trading and origination. Previously, Peeples held leadership roles in business development with BP, Vopak, Shell, and Amoco.
“As a company, we are evolving to increase collaboration and strengthen partnerships with our customers – including with our large industrial customers,” said Eliecer “Eli” Viamontes, president and CEO of Entergy Texas. “Ernest’s strategic mindset and business development experience will be valuable to our team as we look to work closer with our largest customers to meet their energy needs and sustainability goals.”
Located in the Gulf South, Entergy’s four-state service territory is home to the largest industrial base in the United States. The collective energy intensity of this group of customers is unique in comparison to other areas of the country. About 40% of Entergy’s electricity demand comes from industrial customers today, with significant growth potential as they look towards electrification solutions from Entergy to help reduce their own carbon emissions. Recently, Entergy announced collaborations with U.S. Steel and Sempra Infrastructure to help them meet their energy needs.
In addition to these efforts, Entergy Texas is deploying new products and services to help our customers achieve the outcomes they want. These initiatives include:
“The landscape we operate in is changing and we’re changing to be more responsive to our customers,” continued Viamontes. “This includes tailored products for largest customers, but also investing in modernizing our infrastructure to serve future growth in a way that is sustainable, reliable, and affordable.”
As part of Entergy Texas’ work to modernize its infrastructure, the company recently announced plans for the Orange County Advanced Power Station, a 1,215-megawatt, dual-fuel combined cycle power facility. The dual-fuel capability will allow Entergy Texas to meet current customer needs and provide increased resiliency across southeast Texas. The plant’s ability to be powered by hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide, supports its long-term viability for customers and the southeast Texas community.