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Entergy (ETR) to Harden Power Grid Against Storms, Cut Outages

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Entergy Corporation’s (ETR - Free Report) operating company, Entergy New Orleans, recently announced that it has submitted a grid hardening and resilience filing to Entergy's local regulator, the New Orleans City Council. The filing includes an extension plan that will harden more than 30,000 miles of distribution power lines and nearly 500,000 distribution poles to lessen the frequency and length of power outages during extreme weather conditions.

As part of the filing, Entergy New Orleans is proposing a variety of options to build electrical infrastructure strong enough to withstand severe storms. Entergy will increase grid resilience, strengthen transmission and distribution electric infrastructure and install new cutting-edge technology and equipment to provide high-quality services for customers.

Entergy New Orleans’ cost of the grid hardening project is expected at $1.5 billion in 10 years. Overall, ETR expects to invest $15 billion to better safeguard against extreme weather scenarios, such as hurricanes and ice storms.

Zacks Rank & Price Performance

Currently, Entergy carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past year, shares of ETR have rallied 13.3% compared with the industry’s growth of 9.3%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Utilities’ Focus on Infrastructure

To provide a 24X7 electricity supply for consumers despite hurricanes, utilities are investing heavily in strengthening their infrastructure. Hurricanes and extreme climatic conditions bring devastation to the utility electric power infrastructure that includes transmission lines, distribution lines, generation plants and sub-stations, which are adversely impacted by the same. Utilities making significant investments to increase the resiliency of infrastructure for withstanding the impact of extreme weather conditions are NextEra Energy (NEE - Free Report) , Dominion Energy (D - Free Report) and Pinnacle West Capital (PNW - Free Report) .

NextEra Energy continues to invest substantially in its utility assets and aims to strengthen and expand its transmission, distribution, electric generation and renewable projects. NextEra aims to invest $49.5 billion through 2025 to strengthen its infrastructure.

Dominion Energy plans to invest $37 billion during the 2022-2026 period to strengthen its existing infrastructure. Over the next 14 years, the company aims to invest $73 billion to strengthen its infrastructure and add more clean power generation assets to its portfolio.

To efficiently serve its expanding customer base, Pinnacle West Capital has systematic investment plans to increase generation and strengthen its transmission and distribution lines. After investing $1.5 billion in 2021, it aims at investing $1.53 billion in 2022. Pinnacle West Capital also plans to invest $4.7 billion during the 2022-2024 period.