New Orleans Becomes Energy Policy Leader by Conducting First Health Impact Assessment on Energy Production in the Gulf South.
The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and the Alliance for Affordable Energy (AAE) have publicly released a health impact assessment (HIA) about the proposed replacement of the Michoud natural gas power plant located in New Orleans East. As the first completed HIA on energy production to be released in the Gulf South, New Orleans continues to lead the way as energy policies evolve and become more transparent to and inclusive of the communities they impact.
This HIA, with input from the New Orleans City Council, Entergy New Orleans (ENO) as well as community stakeholders from New Orleans East, endeavors to bring concrete health costs to the energy decision-making process. While this HIA does not attach dollar values to the health outcomes discussed, it does allow real public health issues to be included in the conversation and final decision-making about new energy resources for the city.