We are interveners on the 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP outlines the city’s 20-year outlook for electricity supply and demand. We are pushing for ambitious goals in energy efficiency and a growing supply of renewables, in accordance with the city’s Climate Action Plan. We are focusing on issues of environmental justice and work for greater transparency and community involvement in the IRP process.
Additionally, we are advocating against Entergy New Orleans’ (ENO) proposed new gas fired power plant in N.O.East. The proposed plant options will not only worsen climate change, but are also costly for ratepayers, pose health threats from pollutants, is racially discriminatory, and lacks public input. Sitting next to a levee, the site of the old plant is sinking faster than the rest of our already subsiding land. Entergy is a regulated monopoly in New Orleans, so City Council has full say in the energy direction of our city. We are pushing them to consider the real costs of this plant.
We are actively working with the following organizations on these issues:
We don’t need this expensive, old-fashioned gas power plant, and we shouldn’t have to pay for it for the next three decades.
Collectively, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Sierra Club, 350 New Orleans, and the Alliance for Affordable Energy presented arguments in opposition to Entergy’s request to build a gas power plant in New Orleans East. Testimony came from local and national experts on issues ranging from energy economics, engineering, environmental justice, health, geology, and regulatory policy.
Together, the Public Interest Intervenors urge City Council to reject both proposed generation facilities and find that consideration of a complete set of alternatives is essential to the protection of consumer interests. A competitive solicitation should be issued for New Orleans capacity needs and its bids received and thoroughly reviewed.
The Council is expected to make a decision in February following more testimony from their advisors, Entergy, and an evidentiary hearing scheduled for December.
For more information, including full expert testimonies, go to Alliance for Affordable Energy.