utilities

Weather
4:13 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Storms Giving Way to Colder Weather

Utility companies reported thousands of power outages scattered around Louisiana as a cold front brought morning storms and colder temperatures to the state.

Entergy electric power companies reported more than 17,000 without power Thursday morning. Cleco in central Louisiana had more than 6,000 without power as of 9 a.m.

Latest News
7:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

New Orleans Council Considering Major Rate Hike For Sewerage and Water Board

New Orleans City Council considers major rate hike.

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote later today on a proposed rate hike for the Sewerage and Water Board. Political muscle is being flexed to get it passed.

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Latest News
5:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Boil-Water Advisory Lifted

It’s safe to drink the water again in New Orleans. The boil-water advisory is now canceled.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Boil Water Advisory in Effect For 300,000 on East Bank of New Orleans

Thousands of New Orleans residents may be skipping their morning shower, due to a boil-water advisory that remains in effect for most of the city.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

NOLA Wise Program Designed To Retrofit For Energy Efficiency

Temperatures are starting to dip, but high power bills are still looming for many in New Orleans. The city is offering low-cost evaluations on how to retrofit homes for energy efficiency.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million

Entergy Corp. says its estimated damages from Hurricane Isaac range from $400 million to $500 million, and the storm is expected to reduce the utility's third-quarter revenue.

In a news release on Tuesday, Entergy said it will pursue all reasonable avenues to recover storm costs, including using its storm reserves, borrowing, additional charges for customers, and insurance.

Entergy said it is unable to predict the degree of success it may have in these initiatives, the amount of restoration costs it may recover or when it may recover them.

Public Service Commission
12:06 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Utilities Commission to conduct outages hearing

The state's public utilities commission has decided to conduct an investigative hearing on the power outages that plagued Louisiana for days after Hurricane Isaac lashed the state with wind-driven rains.

Commissioner Eric Skrmetta said Wednesday it was the duty of the Public Service Commission to ask hard questions of the utility companies after more than 900,000 residents were left without electricity.

He said the utility companies performed well at restoring power to consumers once the storm had abated but he had questions about their pre-storm response.

Politics
5:50 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lafayette Republican drops out of PSC race

The pool of candidates seeking an open seat on the state's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission, has gotten smaller.

Republican candidate Ed Roy, a private investigator and former TV and radio weatherman from Lafayette, said Friday that he has withdrawn from the race. He said he dropped out of the contest because of difficulties raising enough money to run a competitive campaign.

Five other candidates remain in the race for the south central Louisiana seat left open by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

The Plight of the Powerless

Although Hurricane Isaac blew out electricity for the entire New Orleans metro area, do we collectively understand what it means to be powerless? For too many residents, neither Isaac nor Entergy will prevent electricity from returning; powerlessness will. The silver lining to our temporary blackout should be that it illuminated our awareness to the day-to-day conditions of the poor in New Orleans. 

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Entergy
5:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Leonard to retire as Entergy chair, CEO

J. Wayne Leonard will retire Jan. 31 as chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corp., the parent company of major electric providers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The corporation also announced Wednesday that Leo Denault, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, will succeed Leonard.

Andrew Marsh, currently vice president for system planning, will succeed Denault.

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