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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Entergy Texas, Inc. recently named new regulatory affairs leaders. Ryland Ramos has been named vice president of regulatory affairs, and Erika Garcia will serve as director. Both will oversee the company's engagement with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and other key stakeholders as Entergy Texas works to deliver new, sustainable solutions for customers while maintaining reliable and affordable power for Southeast Texas.
“Ryland brings industry background and a keen understanding of the needs of Southeast Texas,” said Eli Viamontes, president and CEO of Entergy Texas. “As we continue our work to meet our customers’ needs, Ryland will be instrumental in creating outcomes that benefit our customers and communities.”
Ramos most recently worked as an energy policy advisor to Gov. Greg Abbott. He also served as the Governor’s designee to the Texas Cybersecurity Council and the Texas Electric Grid Security Council. Before joining the Governor’s office, he worked in public and regulatory affairs for Entergy Texas. During his tenure with the company, Ramos played an essential role in helping the company advocate on policy to support Entergy Texas’ efforts to invest billions in new infrastructure to provide more reliable and affordable service to customers.
“Entergy Texas is a company dedicated to serving its customers and the communities we serve,” said Ramos. “During my time with the company, from hurricane response to supporting community non-profits, the company has a deep dedication to our state. I’m excited to return to Entergy Texas to advance that mission.”
Ramos holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.
Garcia previously served as senior counsel for Entergy Texas, helping advance key regulatory filings before the PUCT that will help modernize the company’s system and improve service for customers. She has significant experience in the industry, previously representing electric utilities before the PUCT and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and serving as a staff attorney for the legal division of the PUCT.
“We look forward to Erika’s continued success with Entergy Texas,” said Viamontes. “With her understanding and knowledge of our company and the communities we serve, she will be instrumental in helping us create positive outcomes for our customers.”
Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Entergy Texas plans to invest more than $2.4 billion over the next three years to create a more reliable and resilient system. Last year, Entergy Texas filed a request for approval of the Orange County Advanced Power Station, a 1,215-megawatt, dual-fuel combined cycle facility powered by hydrogen and natural gas. The project is currently under review with the PUCT. The addition of this facility will provide a new source of reliable, low-cost, and clean energy for customers now and in the future. The company also issued a request for proposals for at least 400 megawatts of solar resources to provide additional clean energy to meet customer needs.
About Entergy Texas
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 486,000 customers in 27 counties. Entergy Texas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.