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Latest News
8:13 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Entergy Planning Major Transmission Project

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana says it plans to build a $187 million transmission project in the Lake Charles area.

It’s part of Entergy’s plan to ready its grid for rising electricity demand expected from a regional industrial boom.

Entergy said yesterday that the work would be one of the largest transmission projects in its history. If approved, the company expects the project to be in service by 2018.

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Latest News
7:42 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Yes. It's Very Cold

It’s a bitter cold morning in the New Orleans region.

The National Weather Service says a wind chill has pushed temperatures down to around zero early this morning.

It’s so cold that utilities won’t cut off service to households that are behind on payments.

A 2007 Public Service Commission rule instructs utilities to avoid cutting off customers when temperatures reach 32 degrees or colder and remain there.

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Latest News
8:07 am
Wed January 7, 2015

St. Bernard Parish Prepares Big Water And Sewer Rate Hikes

The St. Bernard Parish Council has approved an ordinance amendment that nearly doubles resident's water and sewer rates.

It triples them for some commercial users.

The council said yesterday that the rate increase will help improve water quality. It comes about a year after a brain-eating amoeba was found in the water system.

The parish's water and sewerage rates had not changed since 1997. The average residence in St. Bernard will see its water rate jump from about $13 a month to $24 a month.

Latest News
7:12 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Louisiana Needs More Power To Handle Industrial Boom

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016.

And it needs to find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom.

That likely means building power plants for about $1 billion a piece. The 1 million customers of Entergy’s Louisiana companies will be expected to pay.

The Advocate reports Entergy is spending a couple of billion dollars over the next few years to move huge amounts of electricity to where the new manufacturing facilities will be located.

Latest News
4:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Parts Of Slidell Under A Boil Water Advisory

The city of Slidell issued a boil water advisory this afternoon after a water main burst on Bayou Liberty Road. The boil advisory effects the following streets and areas:

Bayou Liberty (300 Block)
Camellia Drive
West Camellia Drive
Palm Lake Subdivision
Palm Drive
Palm Circle
South Palm
Oleander North Palm
Oak Lane
Little Place
Bayou View
Grand View
Lookout Court
Jennifer Lane
Island Drive
Middle Brook Drive
Bywater Drive
Bonfouca Drive
Canulette Road
Brentwood Court

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Power And The Shrimp

Peter Ricchiuti, Jay Lapeyre and Mark Kleehammer.
Credit 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.

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Latest News
7:38 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Entergy Issuing Refunds, Asking For Merger

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.

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Latest News
7:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Algiers Electricity Bills Set To Increase

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.

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2014 Winter Storm
2:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Power Outages Down From 2200 To Fewer Than 600

Power companies say they've restored power to most of the people who were without it earlier today. The total is down from about 2,200 people to fewer than 600.

This comes as the National Weather Service says its winter storm warning in Southeast Louisiana has been replaced with a hard freeze warning through Thursday morning.

The bulk of those without power are Entergy customers, including about 400 in Ascension Parish and 54 in Jefferson Parish — down from 1,500 and 660.

Eleven other parishes had anywhere from one to 30 customers in the dark.

Power Outage Map
2:05 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Entergy New Orleans Power Outage Map

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

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