The Big Cajun II Generating Station in New Roads, La., has received the
highest level of recognition, Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star
status, for exemplary workplace health and safety efforts from the U.S.
Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Big
Cajun II is part of Louisiana Generating, a subsidiary of NRG Energy,
Inc. (NYSE: NRG).
The Big Cajun II plant in New Roads, Louisiana (Photo: Business Wire)
“Achieving VPP STAR status means Big Cajun II is now part of a top-tier
program that encourages companies to voluntarily go above and beyond to
protect workers’ safety and health,” said Abe Burrell, plant manager.
“This is a glowing employee success story about a management and labor
commitment to work as a team to put safety first.”
The Big Cajun II station received its official VPP Star certification
after a rigorous, three-year process of improvements and evaluation by
OSHA auditors. The Star Program is designed to recognize exemplary work
sites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management
systems. Companies in the Star Program have achieved superior health and
safety records for their respective industries. Star participants are
reevaluated every few years, although incident rates are reviewed
“Safety for our employees, our neighbors and the environment is always
the first priority of NRG and Louisiana Generating and I want to commend
the men and women of Big Cajun II for their hard work and constant
commitment to safety,” said Jennifer Vosburg, President of Louisiana
Generating. “Achieving VPP Star status at Big Cajun II is a tremendous
vote of confidence in our plant leadership and employees.”
Big Cajun II generates electricity from three large steam units on a
2,000-acre site. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in 1981. Big
Cajun II’s unit 3 came online in 1983, and is co-owned by NRG and
Entergy. Big Cajun II is the 10th NRG facility to earn VPP
Star status and the first in Louisiana.
NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use
energy. A Fortune 500 company, NRG has nearly 26,000 megawatts of
generation capacity—including more than 2,400 in Louisiana that can
supply the power needs of more than 2 million homes. NRG is a pioneer in
developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers: whether
as one of the largest solar power developers in the country, or by
building the first privately funded electric vehicle charging
infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions
to better manage their energy use. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
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