In New Orleans, Entergy Prepares for the Next Big One

A New Orleans utility has a strategy for the changing climate
Entergy’s Leeville substation has an elevated control house Photograph by Brady Fontenot for Bloomberg Businessweek

At the end of a long dirt road, past bayous and housing developments west of New Orleans, sits a tranquil swamp of cypress and tupelo trees that could prove key to this region’s future. In September, the power utility Entergy, which serves 2.8 million customers along the Gulf Coast and in Arkansas, announced that it had developed a new framework to compensate landowners for preserving swamps like this one.

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