By Jesse George, AAE New Orleans Policy Director
The editorial fails to provide any context for the current state of Entergy’s transmission system in our state, such as the fact that Entergy was within the past decade the subject of a federal investigation into its anti-competitive practices around transmission, and that it joined a regional transmission organization, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, as a result. Entergy has spent considerable effort and resources since that time attempting to obstruct meaningful expansion of transmission to our state.
The editors question the affordability of renewable energy and battery storage, but fail to pose the critical question: Is our current system affordable? Is continuing to prop up the same, fossil fuel-dependent system year after year through storm recovery riders affordable? Tropical storm systems are increasing in frequency and intensity due to our continuing reliance on fossil fuels – such as methane, or “natural gas” – for electricity generation. Abandoning the electrical grid is absurd, but the transition to a renewable, more resilient grid is a necessity, not an option.
About the Author
Jesse George is a lifelong resident of south Louisiana, having been born and raised in Lake Charles, a major fossil fuel and petrochemical corridor. Witnessing the degradation and destruction that these industries have wrought on the health of fenceline communities and the natural landscape has instilled in him a lifelong passion for environmental justice.
Jesse is happy to be back with the Alliance for Affordable Energy after having begun his legal career at the organization, where he represented the Alliance before the Louisiana Public Service Commission, the New Orleans City Council, and other regulatory bodies. Following the 2010 BP oil spill, he accepted a position with The Pro Bono Project, handling oil spill claims for indigent clients. His tenure at The Pro Bono Project spanned more than a decade, during which time he practiced in various areas of law, before being promoted to Director of Legal Services.