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Battening Down the Hatches

June 2, 2008 • Climate Change & Mitigation, News

New Orleans utility Entergy (ETR) has looked into the future, and the Katrina-scarred company is worried by what it sees. More devastating hurricanes like Katrina. Heat waves. Seas rising as much as six feet, flooding everything south of Interstate 10, now 50 miles inland. “The consensus is pretty much in. Climate change is happening and we must plan for that,” says Randy Helmick, Entergy’s vice-president for transmission.

Entergy is one of the leaders in a growing effort to plan for a world reshaped by climate change. The utility is proposing steps such as strengthening transmission poles and shoring up substations.

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