Entergy New Orleans Files $1.5 Billion Network Reinforcement Plan with Regulators

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Source: Entergy

Entergy New Orleans says it became the first of Entergy Corp’s operating companies. to file a network hardening and resilience file with its regulator, the New Orleans City Council.

The company says the past two hurricane seasons have shown that extreme weather events are impacting the New Orleans area and the entire Gulf Coast region with increased frequency and severity. , resulting in greater costs and disruption to Entergy New Orleans and its customers. Entergy’s entire service area was impacted by multiple more frequent and intense severe storms, including Hurricanes Laura and Ida, two of the strongest hurricanes to hit Louisiana. The entire region, including New Orleans, needs to pivot to become more storm resistant.

Entergy New Orleans’ filing includes a menu of options for the New Orleans City Council to consider, including grid resiliency, reinforcement projects, and alternative technologies such as microgrids.

Projects were identified through a holistic resilience-based planning approach and prioritized using a cost-benefit model designed to select projects expected to deliver the greatest benefits to clients. In total, these hardening projects are estimated at approximately $1.5 billion over 10 years.

“While investments to strengthen the network come at a significant cost, they translate into substantial benefits for customers over the long term,” said Deanna Rodriguez, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “Solid investments in network resilience will reduce the duration of power outages following major storms and will also reduce future storm restoration costs. Our goal is two-fold: to harden the New Orleans grid and to quickly restore power for customers. »

“The plans of all Entergy companies include an investment of $15 billion to better protect against weather events, from hurricanes to ice storms – and they will include hardening more than 30,000 miles of distribution power lines. and nearly 500,000 utility poles,” said Rod West, Utilities Group President for Entergy.

“We know that hardening the electrical system and investing in newer, more robust structures and equipment will help us better prepare for the new normal of storms hitting our region. It’s about serving our customers – whether a family, a small business or a large industrial manufacturer – with more reliable and resilient power distribution systems.

In October 2021, the New Orleans City Council opened a network hardening and resilience case asking multiple stakeholders to propose infrastructure resilience and storm hardening plans for the council’s consideration. The Company’s filing today is a critical step toward beginning the process of making substantial investments in the infrastructure needed to positively impact customers.

“While no amount of infrastructure investment can make a power system completely resilient to the impacts of extreme weather, we know that hardening the system will help us be better prepared for the new normal of storms affecting our region. “, added Rodriguez. . “The costs of such projects will impact customers, so we look forward to working with the City Council and other stakeholders to identify projects that should be included in the city’s 10-year resilience investment plan. business and to do it in an affordable way for our customers.”

Entergy New Orleans’ resiliency record builds on its previous grid investments, such as the New Orleans Power Plant which provides 128 MW of needed local generation and played a vital role in the recovery of New Orleans. -Orléans after Hurricane Ida. It also includes the 20 MW New Orleans Solar Station, the Commercial and Residential Rooftop Solar Program, critical updates to the Derbigny and Avenue C substations, and the Underground Transformer Replacement Project. in the Central Business District and the French Quarter.

Entergy New Orleans looks forward to a collaborative process within the Board to determine the best path for New Orleans.

To learn more about Entergy’s resilient solutions for a sustainable future, visit entergy.com/future.

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