Frequently Asked Questions about the Entergy New Orleans’ IRP
Entergy New Orleans has filed a draft of their Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). So what’s an IRP? An IRP is a process that brings utilities, regulators, and stakeholders together to forecast future energy needs and for Entergy to develop a roadmap for meeting those needs over the next 20 years.
Why do I care about Entergy New Orleans’ IRP? The IRP process guides how YOUR energy will be created for the next 20 years. If you want to see more clean energy in New Orleans, get involved!
What is in Entergy New Orleans’ draft IRP? Entergy’s Michoud power plant is scheduled to shut down this month. That leaves a gap in our energy needs. Unfortunately, Entergy decided to thwart the IRP public process and decided that building a new 250 MW Combustion Turbine (CT) power plant in the same location as the original plant is the only way to meet our energy gap.Entergy announced they will be asking the Council for permission to build the plant this month, before even finalizing the IRP or addressing serious concerns about the IRP.
Note: red star is the location of the current and proposed facilities Source: Google Maps
Is the plan to build a new natural gas plant in New Orleans East set in stone?No! The New Orleans City Council must approve Entergy New Orleans’ plans to build the proposed natural gas power plant, its size, location, and cost.
Were other options considered? Not in a meaningful way. The City Council directed Entergy to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy in the IRP but Entergy did not comply.