Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is giving a $250,000 grant to

America’s Wetland Foundation to help the group build public support for

policies that protect the Gulf Coast region against a changing


Entergy announced the donation Wednesday evening following a Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities/America’s Energy Coast forum in Galveston.

The Galveston event is the latest in an ongoing series of community

forums being held across the Gulf Coast by America’s Wetland Foundation

and its America’s Energy Coast initiative as they build public support

for policies and projects to make the coast more resilient.


meetings are intended to build on the findings of a $4.1 million study,

the first of its kind for the Gulf Coast, commissioned by Entergy in

2010. The study showed environmental changes could cost coastal

communities up to $350 billion in losses over the next 20 yearsif economically sensible steps aren’t taken to make the Gulf Coast more resilient.


study, “Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast,” determined that

economic losses could increase up to 65 percent by 2030 due to economic

growth, subsidence and rising sea levels.

The study recommends a range

of adaptation measures – from increasing beach nourishment to

retrofitting roofs – that can prevent a large part of the expected

increase in losses.

The study found that an investment of $50 billion

over the next 20 years will lead to estimated avoided losses of $135

billion over the lifetime of the measures. The focus area of the study

was the four energy-producing states along the Gulf Coast (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas).

In presenting the grant Wednesday night, Joe Domino, president of Entergy Texas,

Inc., said, “Our resiliency planning as a major power provider is laser

focused on the impacts that sea level rise, land subsidence and more

intense storm conditions have on the people and communities we serve.”


has stepped in with both money and people to assist Gulf Coast

communities move toward resilience,” said Valsin A. Marmillion,

America’s WETLAND Foundation managing director. “We thank them for

partnering with the foundation to produce important research that local

governments could not likely afford. This is a perfect example of

corporate stewardship and social responsibility.”

Funding for the grant came through Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.


Corporation 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, and it is the second-largest nuclear

generator in the United States.

Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7

million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.