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Entergy prepares for impending ice storm

By David Harten

This article was published December 4, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.

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Brady Aldy, transmission and distribution operations director for Entergy Arkansas, explains the company's plan with the impending ice storm that is expected to hit the state starting on Thursday.

Entergy prepares for impending ice storm

Entergy officials held a Wednesday afternoon news conference to discuss the company's preparation for the ice storm expected to hit the state Thursday. (By David Harten)
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Entergy announced in a Wednesday afternoon news conference that it will bring 8,000 workers into the state for help during the impending ice storm that is expected to hit Arkansas starting on Thursday.

The main concern will be power failures, with around 5/8 of an inch of ice expected in some parts of the state and wind gusts around 25 miles per hour, said Brady Aldy, transmission and distribution operations director for Entergy.

Entergy departments and independent contractors in the region will provide assistance with damage assessment, electrical management and trimming trees, among other necessities, Entergy Arkansas' President Chief Executive Officer Hugh McDonald said. Workers will be assigned to certain parts of the state to assist the local Entergy employees with various tasks during and after the storm.

McDonald said that the company is taking a few lessons in preparation from the December 2012 snow storm that occurred Christmas night. At the Entergy distribution center, workers are already loading electrical poles and transformers onto pallet trucks to be taken to more accessible locations in preparation for the winter weather.

Aldy said the company is forecasting a five-to-seven day event for the ice storm in terms of customer outages. Entergy serves around 700,000 customers across Arkansas.

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NoUserName says... December 4, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.

Oh yeah? Why don't you prepare in the f'n summer by, oh, I dunno, cutting some trees? Year after year it's the same crap. And more 'storm recovery' charges on my bill. Considering I lose power once a month or so (good reliability there), I look forward to the inevitable loss during this storm.

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LevyRat says... December 5, 2013 at 7:25 a.m.

This is the same old song and dance that you hear from Entergy every year. We have a little snow or ice, they have not trimmed trees and the power goes out. Entergy spends a day or two doing a "survey" and these guys restoring power are working by the hour, so they don't get in a hurry, so no wonder it takes several days to restore service.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... December 5, 2013 at 8:03 a.m.

IT'S A MONEY THING. ENTERGY GETS MONEY (STORM RECOVERY) BACK IF THEY REPAIR DOWNED LINES, BUT NOT FOR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE. THEREFORE THEY DON'T CARE IF YOUR OUT OF POWER FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME THEY WILL MAKE MONEY ON IT.

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NoUserName says... December 5, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

Funny. A real, live Entergy person calls (left message) and tells me to be ready to lose power. I mean...really?

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dumblikeme says... December 5, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

Have you thought about how much it would cost us to have Entergy check every power line every summer? They're not going to do it for free. Not to mention that most of the major outages are caused by an entire tree falling across the lines, not just some limbs. How can they predict that a tree is going to fall over from too much ice, and do you think the tree huggers would let them cut down all of the trees close to power lines?

They could do like the cable company did last year and just keep their mouth shut and tell everyone that all is ok even when it's not, but at least they're trying to warn us and are gearing up in advance for the anticipated repairs.

I personally think Entergy does a good job of handling these situations. And no, I don't work for Entergy, or even know anyone who does. And my power was out for 5 days last year.

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NoUserName says... December 5, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.

I didn't SAY check every power line every summer. But I used to live in a First Energy market. And sure as h*ll they cut trees during the summer. I think they'd hit every line at least every 5 years. So, sorry, but it ISN'T cost ridiculous. However, yes, when I've lost power, Entergy does a good job getting it back. The POINT is that they should be PROactive.

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SirGareth says... December 5, 2013 at 7 p.m.

"Under my plan electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket" - B Obama (exact quote)

You ain't seen nothing yet, the grid is going green per Barack Obama and his enviro-Nazis at the EPA.

They have a plan for you, first your job is going to be exported to China where they are building cost effective power plants (using our coal) . Your factory or farm is going to be shut down because they cant afford to keep the lights on and make a product at the same time. You are to go on the dole. That's the big Obama plan

Next when the sun does shine and the wind isn't "just right" the power in your house is going out. Not at the White House - they're power is just as "free" as the millions of Gallons of jet fuel that carries his nibs on his peripatetic wold vacations.

"When will someone rid us of this this meddlesome president?"

So when you huddle in the cold shivering and shaking, when the grocery shelves are empty, when there are holes in your socks and the piggy bank doesn't' rattle just say to yourself - "elections have consequences"

And do not forget the operative slogan of all African democracies: "One vote for one man - one time.

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aimee says... December 5, 2013 at 8:26 p.m.

But, remember, this is a private corporation and so they deserve to make as a big a profit as they can..!!!! Aren't you all proud of them and their capitalistic indifference to the little man..??? Just buck up and take like the "big boys" you are..!!!! ~snicker~

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BigK says... December 5, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.

I am lucky. I never lose power but could it be that Brady Aldy lives down the street. Good neighbor to have.

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