Entergy's Nelson and Calcasieu generating plants, located near Lake Charles, produce enough electricity to power more than 1.4 million homes.

Nelson Plant is Entergy's largest fossil site in size and its most diverse in terms of fuel mix. Nelson is a five-unit, 1,400 megawatt power generation facility located in Westlake. The plant has two natural gas-fired units and one coal-fired unit. In addition, the site has two petroleum coke-fired cogenerators owned by the Nelson Industrial Steam Company, but maintained and operated by Entergy.

The first two units at Nelson came online in 1959. As Southwest Louisiana grew, so did customers' need for power. Unit 3 was added in 1960, Unit 4 in 1970 and Unit 6 in 1982. In the late 1980's, NISCO was formed to acquire the original two Nelson units and retrofit them to petroleum coke-fired boilers.

Calcasieu Plant, located in Carlyss, includes two natural gas-fired combustion turbines that provide up to 315 megawatts. The Calcasieu units entered commercial operation in 2000 and 2001, and Entergy acquired the plant in 2008.

In August, 2003, Nelson and Calcasieu became an OSHA VPP Star site. Designation as a VPP Star participant is testament to sustained excellence in all areas of safety. Earning a place in the VPP program signifies that a facility's employees have an excellent focus on safety. VPP facilities do not just comply with the rules, they go beyond the minimum requirements for safety.

Entergy continues to invest in Nelson and Calcasieu in order to continue safely and efficiently producing electrical power for its customers while minimizing the company's impact to the environment. Investments in ongoing maintenance and capital projects will ensure Nelson and Calcasieu will continue to provide power for Entergy customers for years to come.

Entergy employs 276 people in the greater Lake Charles area, 165 of whom work at the Nelson and Calcasieu plants.

Entergy employees are engaged in the community, volunteering their time at area events such as the annual trash bash, Rebuilding Together Calcasieu, dragon boat races, civic groups, church and community beautification projects. Employees also support the United Way, Abraham's Tent, the Calcasieu Council on Aging, McNeese's Banners Series, Special Olympics and Entergy's The Power to Care to name a few. Entergy was also recognized as an Outstanding Community Philanthropist by Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana in 2011. 

For more information, please visit the Entergy website. 



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