Figures show Entergy utilities portfolio with only 10% coal in 2014

Coal-fired power is now largely a niche player at Entergy (NYSE:ETR), and that’s true for both its regulated electric utilities in the Southeast as well as its non-regulated Entergy Wholesale Commodities (EWC) plants in other parts of the country.

Taken as a whole, Entergy’s regulated utility operating companies got 66% of their electric generation portfolio from natural gas, oil and hydroelectric power in 2014. The utilities got 24% of their generation mix from nuclear and only 10% from coal.

That’s according to data included in Entergy’s Feb. 5 earnings material.

Meanwhile, Entergy’s non-utility nuclear reactor units in the Northeast and Midwest accounted for 83% of the generation portfolio for EWC. The unit’s portfolio includes 13% natural gas and oil and 4% other (including a couple of small coal units), according to Entergy materials.

It was not entirely clear whether the Entergy “portfolio” figures refer to electricity generation or generating capacity.

The utility figures are depicted in a pie graph on page 14 and the wholesale figures are illustrated in a graph on page 26 of the Entergy earnings presentation slides.

Couple of Louisiana utilities to combine

Entergy continues to work on regulatory approval for merger of a couple of its regulated electric utilities serving parts of Louisiana.

In late September a joint application was filed with the Louisiana Public Service Commission seeking to combine the business operations of Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy Louisiana LLC. Entergy expects the transaction to close in either the third or fourth quarter of this year.

The move would not affect Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Mississippi, Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Texas.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.