November 12, 2020. Through a major philanthropic investment from JPMorgan Chase, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), and YouthForce NOLA are proud to announce a $5 million commitment to help ensure the resiliency and success of New Orleans neighborhoods and those who call them home.
Average residential customer to see increase of $1.50 a month when solar plant comes online
October 29, 2020. A new solar power plant in New Orleans East will generate enough electricity to run 3,100 homes when it gets up and running, part of a broader plan by Entergy to diversify its power generation sources.
The rows and rows of solar panels, which sit on 100 acres inside of the NASA Michoud Assembly Site, are being constructed by Entergy New Orleans and its partner, DEPCOM Power.
When the 20-megawatt plant is complete in November, it will deliver renewable energy directly to two distribution feeders at Entergy’s Sherwood Forest substation, sending that solar power out to all utility customers.
The project is a realization of Entergy’s larger push to add a mix of solar, nuclear and natural gas-fired power sources to its portfolio in the coming years. Entergy’s $210 million, 128-megawatt gas-fired power station in New Orleans East began operating in May.
LeighAnna Margurite, daughter of Veronica Darby, competed in the Miss Earth® USA pageant on August 8, 2020. LeighAnna, who was previously awarded the title of Miss Louisiana Earth, won the title of Miss Earth® USA Fire 2020 in the official preliminary competition to Miss Earth® USA.
LeighAnna dedicated numerous hours in the community sharing tips on how small changes in what we do to the earth can have huge impacts on saving our planet. She is planning a cleanup as part of World Cleanup Day on September 19, 2020, sponsored by Miss Earth® USA. To participate, follow LeighAnna on Instagram @MissEarthUSAFire.
The Right of Residents to Participate in Council Meetings Under Attack, Groups Say
From MultiMedia Solutions
A battle is brewing over a court judgment that threw out the City Council’s approval of the Entergy gas plant for violation of Louisiana Open Meetings Law. The violation occurred at two controversial Council meetings that involve Entergy’s deceptive use of paid actors to fill up a meeting room and speak from scripts as though they were concerned residents. At these meetings, numerous New Orleans residents were denied the opportunity to comment on Entergy’s application for a new gas plant in New Orleans East. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has scheduled a hearing for oral arguments on January 6, 2020.