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Rain clouds gather over Esperanza Charter School in Mid-City. The neighborhood was hard hit during the flooding of August 2017.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Climate change is bringing more intense weather — more rain, heat and storms. And in New Orleans, extreme weather is disruptive. People park their cars up on curbs, and miss work — and school. It turns out kids missed a lot of school this past year, largely because of aging infrastructure failing during extreme weather.

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

The controversy continues over actors who were paid to attend public meetings and speak in support of a new Entergy power plant in New Orleans East.

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

In March, the New Orleans city council voted to approve a new gas-fired power plant for Entergy in New Orleans East. It was a controversial decision that came after heated public meetings. People showed up with signs to protest the plant, and others showed up to support it.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

If you live in New Orleans you're familiar with this scenario: You're having a perfectly normal day when suddenly you groan, "Oh noooo." You're not watching the Saints' defense — it's that other sinking feeling you get as a New Orleanian: when the power goes off.

On this week's Out to Lunch Peter takes a look at the other 364 days, 23 hours in the life of New Orleans' Fortune 500 company, Entergy, with Mark Kleehammer, Entergy's Vice President of Business Development Services.

Entergy Issuing Refunds, Asking For Merger

Oct 2, 2014

Some Entergy customers will be getting a small, one-time break on their bill.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved a refund for customers of Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana.

Those two companies are also asking the commission for permission to merge into a single utility.

Entergy Louisiana services New Orleans suburbs north to Monroe. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana services customers from Baton Rouge west to the Texas state line. They have about 900,000 customers combined.

Algiers Electricity Bills Set To Increase

Jun 26, 2014

Algiers electricity bills are set to soar.

A New Orleans City council committee has approved a resolution to hike the rates by 31 percent over the next four years. The council’s utility advisers reached an agreement in principle with officials of Entergy Louisiana.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the deal also directs the company to transfer Algiers service to Entergy New Orleans.

Entergy Louisiana serves about 22,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Algiers.

A real-time map of the current outages affecting Entergy customers in New Orleans and throughout the metro region.

Entergy, the predominant utility company serving much of Southeast Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans, says its subsidiary companies have marshaled over 2,100 workers in advance of a winter storm system expected to hammer the region between Monday night and Wednesday morning.

The entire region is currently under a Winter Storm Warning, and the National Weather Service is forecasting 1–2 inches of snow and 1/4 to 1/2-inch of ice in the New Orleans metro area. Areas south of Lake Pontchartrain will see less snow and more ice accumulation as a result of the storm system.

Entergy New Orleans says its workers are trying to restore electrical service to several thousand customers in the city.

Entergy spokeswoman Charlotte Cavell said the cause of Friday's power outages wasn't immediately known.

Between 10,000 and 12,000 customers in New Orleans lost power. Entergy estimates most of the outages will be restored by 9 p.m.

Jim talks with Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon about property insurance concerns and insurance legislation before the 2013 State Legislature

Entergy's Morgan Stewart discusses effort to secure federal funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers help to the poor and elderly with their utility bills.

Local actress and performer Paige Gagliano, who's directing a production of "Les Miserables" at The Dunham School. 


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