Hurricane Ida left hundreds of thousands in southeast Louisiana without power despite years of promises by Entergy that our communities would not have a repeat of power grid failures if they could just build that plant in New Orleans East. We have already learned that the promise of power coming back without outside transmission was false.
Check out these clips from the City Council's July 26th, 2017 UCTTC meeting at which Entergy attorney Brian Guillot and former president & CEO Charles Rice sell the City Council on NOPS and its importance in an emergency situation, touting its ability to "keep the lights on."
Video 1: Charles Rice, Entergy's former president & CEO, touts NOPS's "ability to keep the lights on in the city."
Video 2: Entergy attorney Brian Guillot talks about NOPS's "black-start capability," and how it "is important because in an emergency situation when a plant is not connected to the grid, it can start itself, and potentially form an electrical island after a hurricane."
Video 3: Guillot added, "You want generation locally so that if all the transmission lines are severed - like what happened after Hurricane Gustav - you wanna crank up those units so that you can basically form an electrical island and provide energy and power to residents even though those transmission lines are severed."
Video excerpts are from the New Orleans City Council's July 26, 2017 Utility, Cable, Telecommunications & Technology Committee (UTTC) meeting.
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