Thirty years ago, Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Generating Station in West Feliciana Parish connected to the electric grid for the first time, according to a news release.

Employees gathered in June to celebrate the milestone.

“River Bend is proud to be a good neighbor in our community and state,” said Bill Maguire, River Bend site vice president. “At Entergy, we know our employees are our greatest asset. We live, work and raise our families here. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will stay committed to high standards in everything we do, in our work and in our communities.”

With more than 700 employees, an annual payroll budget of more than $65 million and millions of dollars to the economy through state and local taxes, River Bend is an active community partner, the release stated.

In addition, River Bend partners with Entergy Louisiana to support initiatives through charitable contributions and in donating almost $1 million to improve local communities over the past decade.

According to the release, River Bend is licensed to operate through 2025, but Entergy plans to submit a license renewal application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the first half of 2017, seeking a 20-year license renewal.

Entergy Corp. owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power and delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.