Entergy Partners to Analyze Offshore Wind Market
NEW ORLEANS – Entergy has partnered with German multinational energy company RWE to analyze the Gulf of Mexico offshore wind market. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly evaluate the delivery of clean energy from offshore wind to industrial customers in Texas and Louisiana.
RWE and Entergy have agreed to assess four key areas to define an optimal route-to-market. These include market demand for carbon-free energy for customers of Entergy Louisiana, Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Texas; resource economics; transmission analysis to ensure reliability; economic impacts extending to direct and indirect job creation; and curricula to prepare the workforce of the future.
“The existing Gulf of Mexico oil and gas supply chain, workforce, and port infrastructure represent unique advantages to a potential offshore wind hub,” said Sam Eaton, CEO of RWE offshore holdings LLC, in a press release. “Working together with a local partner like Entergy can deepen our understanding of the next steps to strengthen these valuable assets and support a new, regional industry. RWE’s early success in the U.S. has positioned us well to continue preparing future markets for a robust clean energy economy powered by offshore wind.”
“Our customers continue to share with us that they are seeking clean energy solutions to help them reach their own sustainability goals,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “This partnership serves as an important early step to potentially bringing wind power to our Louisiana shores and foster even greater economic growth in Louisiana.”
“We continue to move closer to achieving our goal of being a leader in clean energy,” said Deanna Rodriguez, Entergy New Orleans president and CEO. “Our work with RWE will help us understand the technical and economic viability of this resource. Over time, we expect wind to be one of several resources needed to support the needs of the communities in which we serve.”
“Entergy Texas is perfectly positioned to explore offshore wind development as Texas already leads the nation in electricity generated by wind energy,” said Eliecer Viamontes, Entergy Texas president and CEO. “The state and our service area are growing at a rapid rate and this partnership with RWE will play a key role in evaluating a broader slate of clean resources that will sustain our robust pace of industrial growth and economic development in the decades to come.”
RWE and Entergy share a common goal of meeting the demand for increased renewable energy, while investing in economic development and our communities.
RWE is a renewables developer in the U.S. with 8 gigawatts of operating capacity and an ambitious growth plan backed by a project pipeline of more than 24 GW of onshore wind, solar and battery storage. RWE is also expanding its global offshore wind activities in the rapidly growing market in the U.S. Through two offshore wind lease auctions in 2022, namely in the New York Bight and California, RWE has secured sites with the potential to host a total of about 3.9 GW (pro rata RWE) installed capacity in offshore wind.
Entergy serves approximately 3 million customers across its four-state territory and is accelerating its investments in renewable power generation while helping customers meet their own environmental goals. The company’s existing renewable resources will triple over the next three years, with plans for as much as 17 gigawatts of renewable capacity by the end of 2031. Entergy remains committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Gulf of Mexico is next on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s offshore wind lease auction schedule with three lease areas proposed under the Pre-Sale Notice. The region has gained momentum following Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Climate Action Plan, which includes a goal of 5 GW of offshore wind power by 2035. In 2022, RWE in collaboration with Greater New Orleans, Inc. initiated a program to accelerate the engagement of Louisiana’s supply chain to identify companies with transferable capabilities for offshore wind. Results from the supply chain collaboration are expected to be released industrywide later this year.