Entergy Advocates Take to Capitol Hill in Support of LIHEAP

Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:40pm EDT

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Effort aims to increase funding of essential assistance for region's residents
NEW ORLEANS,  April 10, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program serves a vital, life-saving role by helping needy customers
afford to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But
funding of the federal program has dropped by more than a third from its 2009
level of  $5.1 billion to $3.3 billion  today. Low-income advocates from Entergy
Corporation (NYSE: ETR) are urging congressional leaders to better protect
vulnerable families struggling to meet basic needs, including heating and
cooling costs.

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In 2012 within the four states Entergy serves, an estimated 385,000 families
received assistance from LIHEAP. More than 3.5 million households qualify for
the program.   

During LIHEAP Action Day  April 10, Entergy representatives and community
partners will be working hard to get LIHEAP funding --and the families who need
this program-- turned around.  Personal meetings with congressional delegates,
grassroots email campaigns and active partnerships with the National Fuel Fund
Network, other organizations and utilities are all part of this effort.  

The goal is to restore LIHEAP funding to at least  $4.7 billion  for 2014. The
increase would result in as much as  $479 million  in assistance for families in
 Arkansas,  Louisiana,  Mississippi  and Texas.   

"We recognize that Congress is facing some tough fiscal decisions," said  Patty
Riddlebarger, director of corporate social responsibility for Entergy. "However,
this program and the low income population it serves have already borne
significant cuts.

"At a time when poverty has increased, median household incomes and savings have
decreased, and thousands of new record temperatures are being set in both summer
and winter," she said, "better funding of LIHEAP is crucial."

Participating in LIHEAP Action Day is just one of the many steps Entergy takes
on behalf of needy customers.  Entergy employees, shareholders and customers
contribute more than  $2.2 million  to The Power to Care fund, where every penny
raised goes toward helping neighbors struggling to pay utility bills.

"As Entergy Corporation celebrates its 100th  birthday, we are mindful that our
future depends on the health and vitality of the communities we serve," said
Riddlebarger.  "Supporting LIHEAP upholds our legacy and commitment to serving
all customers, including those in need."

Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, 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  $10 billion  and approximately 15,000 employees.

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SOURCE  Entergy Corporation

Ann Becker, (601) 368-5014 office, (601) 497-4979 mobile, abecker@entergy.com

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