Entergy announces regulatory leaders

Entergy Texas, Inc. recently named new regulatory affairs leaders. Ryland Ramos has been named vice president of regulatory affairs, and Erika Garcia will serves as director. Both will oversee the company’s engagement with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and other key stakeholders.

“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.

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.

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 under review with the PUCT.

Texas AgriForestry Small Farmers and Ranchers (TASFR) has announced a new partnership with Brigham Young University regarding agriculture survey impact analysis as part of the Texas Catchafire Program. This program provides non-profit organizations with capacity building along with strategic planning. TASFR’s service area includes Southeast and East Texas.

Igalious “Ike” Mills, Executive Director said, “We are excited about this partnership with Brigham Young University. Capacity building is a critical part of developing our organization.”

Eva Witesman, Director of the BYU GoodMeasure Program added, “We have been excited about our partnership with TASFR in part because we can use our tools and skills in service of an important and complex issue. The challenges of historically disadvantaged farmers and ranchers involve public, private, and non-profit entities. The opportunity to contribute to the evaluation of programs designed to address the challenges faced by farmers and ranchers in Texas allows us, in our own small way, to be part of the solution.”

a physician at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth hospital recently surgically implanted three CardioMEMS devices in three patients with congestive heart failure, the first health care organization to offer this procedure in Southeast Texas.

The tiny device, which is implanted into the pulmonary artery, optimizes therapy for both systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure by monitoring fluid status.

It alerts a patient’s cardiologist of an abnormal fluid level before the patient begins to experience symptoms, which can sometimes take weeks.

The device is designed to aid physicians in preventing worsening heart failure with early intervention using that data.

It has been proven in clinical trials to decrease hospitalizations and prevent re-hospitalizations due to congestive heart failure complications.

“This is a huge milestone for patients with any type of congestive heart failure and for Southeast Texas health care as a whole,” said Timothy Colgan, MD “It allows us to get on top of any potential issues sooner. We can make adjustments to a patient’s diuretics or bring them into the office to be seen before it becomes a problem that requires a hospital stay.”

The CardioMEMS device collects and sends data to a patient’s doctor daily.

The patient lies down on a specially equipped pillow and the information is collected. It’s then automatically inputted into the health care provider’s system, where medical staff can see the data in real time.

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