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Entergy Names Taylor Chief Operating Officer For Southern Region Nuclear Plants.

JACKSON, Miss., March 2 /PRNewswire/ --

Entergy (NYSE: ETR) has announced that Gary J. Taylor is joining the company's nuclear executive management team as chief operating officer of Entergy Operations, Inc. Taylor brings 20 years of nuclear expertise to the role, most of it with South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's V. C. Summer Station. At Entergy, Taylor will be responsible for the five nuclear units Entergy operates in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Taylor will report to John McGaha, who will become president of Entergy Operations, Inc. McGaha will continue to report to Jerry Yelverton, CEO of Entergy Operations, Inc.

"Under Gary's leadership, the Summer Station has achieved extraordinary success, and we are thrilled to now have him on Entergy's team," said Yelverton. "The EOI plants are poised and ready to realize their full potential with Gary at the helm."

Taylor has been vice president of nuclear operations at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company since 1995. He was responsible for the overall direction of the nuclear strategic business unit. In 1999, SCE&G's V.C. Summer Station received the American Nuclear Society's Utility Achievement Award, given to recognize a nuclear program's achievements evaluated on such factors as regulatory position, operating costs and performance indicators.

Nuclear industry roles of Taylor's include chairing the Nuclear Energy Institute's Low Level Waste Management Working Group and serving on the NEI Strategic Issues Advisory Committee. Taylor's furthered his commitment to community service by chairing the 1999 SCANA United Way campaign.

Taylor joined South Carolina Electric & Gas Company in 1981 as a reactor engineer. He quickly began his rise through broad and varied assignments, becoming a supervisor in just over a year and then managing Nuclear Computer Services, Shift Engineering, and Operations departments before being named general manager of plant operations in 1992. He certified as senior reactor operator and shift technical advisor at Summer.

Taylor's previous affiliations were in nuclear engineering roles with Long Island Lighting Company at the Shoreham plant and with Babcock & Wilcox Company at Millstone 2, Three Mile Island Unit 2, Davis Besse, Rancho Seco, ANO-1, and Oconee.

His formal education includes a bachelor of science degree in physics from Virginia Military Institute and a master of science in nuclear science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has also completed Harvard University's Advanced Management Program, and earlier, the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Management course. Taylor is a member of the National Physics Honor Society. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force with the rank of captain.

"Joining Entergy at this time when the company has an aggressive program for growing its nuclear business is a great opportunity for me," Taylor said. "Entergy has long been recognized by nuclear peers as leader in our business, and I am looking forward to contributing to the company's future successes."

Entergy's on-line address is http//:www.entergy.com .

Entergy, through subsidiary Entergy Operations, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., operates five nuclear units in its four-state retail electric service area. Those are two units at Arkansas Nuclear One, near Russellville, Ark.; Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, near Port Gibson, Miss.; River Bend Station, near St. Francisville, La.; and Waterford 3, in Taft, La. Through subsidiary, Entergy Nuclear, Entergy is acquiring nuclear plants and offering decommissioning and other management services. Entergy Nuclear's current portfolio includes Pilgrim Station, near Plymouth, Mass.; decommissioning contracts at Maine Yankee in Wiscasset, Maine and Millstone 1 in Waterford, Conn.; and an agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, to purchase two units from the New York Power Authority and another to operate the Nine Mile Point units in Scriba, New York.
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