Entergy, Edison Chouest launch shore power project at Port Fourchon

(Photography courtesy Port Fourchon)

Marine vessels docked at South Louisiana’s Port Fourchon can now play a role in helping protect Louisiana’s environment by replacing fossil fuel-generated ship power with Entergy’s new shore power product.

Entergy Louisiana and Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) have partnered to build the first utility-scale shore power installation at Port Fourchon, the port that plays a role in providing nearly 20% of the nation’s oil supply.

Shore power is a beneficial electrification product developed by Entergy’s innovation department, KeyString Labs, to enable customers to reach their own sustainability goals by leveraging Entergy’s cleaner generation profile. Shore power in Entergy’s service areas is estimated to potentially achieve as much as a 42% net reduction in carbon emissions, a 48% net reduction in sulfur oxides emissions and a 98% net reduction in nitrogen oxides emissions, when comparing emissions rate of marine diesel oil versus Entergy’s at-the-plug emissions rate.

This initial installation extends Entergy Louisiana’s local distribution system to simultaneously accommodate 10 ECO marine vessels at port. ECO developed and deployed technology that allows marine vessels to seamlessly transition from fossil fuel-generated ship power to cleaner electric grid power.