Political connections, contributions helped utility consultants keep lucrative contracts for decades, former council members say By Michael Isaac Stein
Originally published in The Lens, by Michael Isaac Stein
March 28, 2019
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January 13th, 2019 by Steve Hanley
S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. In a few cases in the sunny Southwest region of the United States, several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand alone prices for installed battery storage — based on a 20 megawatt-hour system with 4 hours of storage — dropped 40% from the previous year to $357 per kilowatt-hour and are expected to keep falling. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects a further 52% reduction by 2030.
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On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explains how dangerous astroturfing is, citing Entergy New Orleans' paid actors (11:07) scandal.
"Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing."
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City Council members have called Entergy New Orleans' use of paid actors to pack meetings in support of the utility's planned $210 million power plant "morally reprehensible" and "a perversion of our public process."
Sierra CLub- ENTERGY’S MOVE TO FORCE CONSTRUCTION OF CONTROVERSIAL GAS POWER PLANT WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT FACES OPPOSITION
(New Orleans, LA) –Today, the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc., and Sierra Club filed an objection to Entergy’s request for a decision on its latest gas power plant application without public input nor independent analysis. The filing requests adequate time for public review and input by New Orleans residents who will be asked to pay for the gas power plant and bear the burdens of its environmental impact.
Source: Sierra Club
Article Link: http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/07/entergy-s-move-force-construction-controversial-gas-power-plant-without
Sierra CLub- ENTERGY’S LATEST REQUEST TO BUILD GAS PLANT IN CONFLICT WITH MAYOR’S CLIMATE ACTION STRATEGY
(New Orleans, LA) – Yesterday, Entergy New Orleans submitted its latest proposal to build a gas power plant in New Orleans East despite ongoing opposition from residents, businesses and organizations. Today, the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, and the Sierra Club commend Mayor Mitch Landrieu for developing a Climate Action Strategy for the City of New Orleans. The Mayor’s ‘Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans’ calls for 255 megawatts of locally generated solar energy by 2030 and promotes a transition to 100% "low-carbon power."
Source: Sierra Club
Article Link: http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/07/entergy-s-latest-request-build-gas-plant-conflict-mayor-s-climate-action
Times-Picayune- Entergy gives City Council two options for Michoud power plant -- but it really wants one
"Building a gas power plant is not only in conflict with the City's climate action strategy, it would also put all New Orleans ratepayers on the hook for more than $200 million in construction costs alone and create serious environmental concerns for residents in New Orleans East," Burke said. "Across the country, efficient and renewable energy systems are proving to be cheaper and more resilient than pollution emitting fossil fuels."
Source: The Times-Picayune
Article link: www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2017/07/entergy_gives_city_council_2_o.html
At a special session on March 28th, 2016 the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved the previously rejected Cleco/Macquarie sale. For the full story and to read the statement made by CEO of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Casey DeMoss, click on the link listed below.
On December 21, 2016 the Louisiana Public Service Commission met in New Orleans. One agenda item discused will impact all Entergy Louisiana customers. Due to a nuclear power plant mistake at the Waterford 3 facility customers will receive a credit on their January 2017 bill to help compensate for the costs associated with correcting the costly nuclear power plant mistake. Click on the link below for the full story.
On December 12th the City Council Utility Regulatory Office (CURO) hosted a public hearing for community members to voice their thoughts about Entergy's proposed natural gas power plant. Over 100 people attended the hearing. The vast majority of speakers urged city council not to approve the construction of the 226 MW Combustion Turbine natural gas power plant, slated to be built in the Michoud area of New Orleans East. Click on the link below for the Advocate's coverage of the 12/12/16 CURO Public Hearing.
The Alliance for Affordable Energy has hosted a series of town hall meetings throughout Louisiana. These town hall meetings are intended to discuss energy policy in Louisiana. Alliance for Affordable Energy C.E.O. Casey DeMoss spoke in Monroe about energy policy in Louisiana. For the full story click on the link below.
KTBS TV reports on growing opposition to proposed Cleco sale. For the full story click on the link listed below.
The Alliance's Logan Atkinson Burke discusses the Alliance's work here in New Orleans and in Louisiana.