Entergy Mississippi to Increase Renewable Energy Sources | Mississippi News
JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — One of Mississippi’s largest electricity providers said Wednesday it plans to shut down some aging natural gas power plants over the next five years and expand use. renewable energy sources such as solar energy.
Entergy Mississippi said in a press release that it will add 500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2025 and an additional 500 megawatts by 2027. The company said renewable sources currently make up less than 1% of its power generation capacity. electricity production. This would increase to around 17% by 2025 and almost 33% in 2027.
Entergy Mississippi calls its expansion of renewable sources EDGE, which stands for Economic Development with Green Energy.
“Adding more renewable energy will put Mississippi communities in a better position for industrial recruitment, while diversifying our power generation portfolio in an era of rising natural gas prices,” said President and CEO. Entergy Mississippi executive Haley Fisackerly in the press release. “Together with the nuclear power provided by Grand Gulf, this would give our customers diverse, sustainable, reliable, clean and affordable power for years to come.”
Natural gas now makes up the majority of the company’s power generation capacity. Entergy Mississippi has six natural gas-fired power plants in the state. The two oldest opened in 1967 in Vicksburg and in 1975 in Greenville. Wednesday’s press release did not specify which of the six factories might close.
Entergy Mississippi’s partner, Recurrent Energy, broke ground in August on a 100-megawatt solar facility in Sunflower County that will provide power to about 16,000 homes. Its opening is scheduled for next year.
Entergy Mississippi said it would begin seeking renewable project proposals in early 2022. The company would apply to the Mississippi Public Service Commission to review and approve the projects.
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