New Orleans, La. – With the brunt of
Hurricane Sandy now past the eastern seaboard, Entergy’s Indian Point Energy
Center and James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear
Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont
have all safely weathered the storm.
Indian Point 2, FitzPatrick and
Pilgrim remained at full power while Vermont Yankee reduced power to 88 percent
at the request of ISO New England to help maintain grid stability. Indian Point
3 automatically shut down at 10:41 p.m. Monday as a result of an electrical grid
“Nuclear plants are built to exceed
the most severe natural forces historically reported for their geographic area,”
said John Herron, president and CEO of Entergy Nuclear. “And we saw evidence of
that again with Hurricane Sandy.”
Entergy Nuclear plants began
preparations for the storm last week, coordinating activities with the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, independent
system operators and various state and local government officials.
Critical Entergy Nuclear staff
remained dedicated at each site, ready to respond to potential weather impacts.
In addition to the nuclear plant
staff sequestered at Indian Point, FitzPatrick, Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee, the
company’s utilities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas sent more than
850 highly-experienced restoration workers and support personnel to the region
impacted by the hurricane. They include scouts, who assess damage when safe to
do so after the storm, and tool workers who will help rebuild the electrical
system. Entergy will also provide some customer service representatives to
remotely answer customer calls from affected areas.
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 more
than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading
nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility
customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual
revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.