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Cleco Corporation
Type Public (NYSECNL)
Headquarters 2030 Donahue Ferry Rd.
Pineville, LA 71360
Area served LA
Key people Michael H. Madison, CEO
Industry Electric Producer and Utility
Products Electricity
Revenue $1.03 billion (2007)[1]
Net income $151.8 million (2007)[1]
Employees 1,216 (2007)
Subsidiaries Cleco Power
Cleco Midstream Resources
Cleco Support Group

Cleco Corp. is an energy services company based in central Louisiana. They have been in business since 1934. Their two primary businesses are Cleco Power LLC, a regulated electric utility business serving approximately 265,000 customers in Louisiana, and Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, a wholesale energy business.

Support for the American Legislative Exchange Council

Cleco was a "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Conference, which in 2010, equated to $5,000.[2] Cleco was also a sponsor of the Louisiana Welcome Reception at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting.[3]

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Power portfolio

Out of its total 3,085 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.29% of the U.S. total), Cleco produces 58.5% from natural gas and 41.5% from coal. All of Cleco's power plants are in Louisiana.[4]

Existing coal-fired power plants

Cleco had 2 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 1,279 MW of capacity. Here is a list of Cleco's coal power plants:[4][5][6]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Dolet Hills LA De Soto 1986 721 MW 5,742,000 tons 20,908 tons
Rodemacher LA Rapides 1982 558 MW 4,039,000 tons 10,837 tons

In 2006, Cleco's two coal-fired power plants emitted 9.8 million tons of CO2 and 31,000 tons of SO2.

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cleco Corp., BusinessWeek Company Insight Center, accessed July 2008.
  2. [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Sponsors, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
  3. [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Receptions, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  5. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  6. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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