WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Louisiana is experiencing its largest industrial expansion in decades, creating a surge in demand for power that presents challenges and opportunities for Entergy's Louisiana utilities.
Philip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC, will discuss these developments during his keynote address Thursday morning (8:15) at the IEEE Green Technologies Conference.
"Our 'Power to Grow' plan is the strategic blueprint we are following to develop the infrastructure and generation mix needed to meet this increased demand," May said, "while also sustaining competitive energy prices and continuing to serve all customers reliably."
The seventh-annual conference begins with tutorials Wednesday and runs through Friday at the InterContinental Hotel New Orleans. The theme is "Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Surviving Change and Building the Future." http://ieeegreentech.org/
On Friday morning at 8:15, Dr. David Dismukes, professor, executive director and director of Policy Analysis at Louisiana State University's Center for Energy Studies, will examine recent trends in renewable energy policy and development with an emphasis on distributed, residential solar energy.
"The unanticipated consequences of various renewables policies, on a collective basis, are working to undermine the high degree of support previously held for alternative energy development," Dismukes said. "Further, the nature of the renewable energy business and the challenges renewables face to reach the next level of development differ from the challenges and obstacles a decade ago when many of today's renewables policies were initiated."
Lunch speakers include Dr. Damir Novosel, president of Quanta Technology and president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; and Dr. Mark Ehsani, the Robert M. Kennedy endowed professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University.
For more on the speakers, see http://ieeegreentech.org/keynote-speaker/.
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