The Right of Residents to Participate in Council Meetings Under Attack, Groups Say
New Orleans, LA, December 3rd, 2019 –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.
Originally published by The Lens, November 25, 2019
by ANDY KOWALCZYK AND MARRIELE MANGO
If you live in New Orleans, you know how often the electricity goes out. Advisers hired by the New Orleans City Council found that, between June 2016 and May 2017, there were a total of 2,599 outages and roughly half lasted two hours or more.
Sure, some of this can be blamed on heat, flooding and storms, but more than half the power outages reported were unrelated to weather. More than a third resulted from equipment failure.
By Tan Nguyen NOV 12, 2019
Originally published on The Advocate
By Anthony Fleming
Tulane University student
Letter to the Editor published on The Advocate
OCT 1, 2019
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Entergy ignores judgment that voids City Council approval of gas plant and raises the cost from $210 million to nearly $700 million
The following is a contributed article by Karl R. Rábago, a national clean energy expert who has served as a utility executive and on the Public Utility Commission in Texas, and Thad Culley, regional director with the national, non-profit solar advocacy group Vote Solar. Originally published on Utilitydive.com.
Leo Denault is under fire for "sustainability" summit used to promote expensive, hazardous nuclear energy and polluting gas plant over resident-controlled solar power.
JOSEPH DANIEL, SENIOR ENERGY ANALYST - Originally published on Union of Concerned Scientists blog
Over the past year or so, a lot of states with renewable portfolio standards (RPS) have opted to double down on that policy mechanism to set a path to 100% clean electricity. However, most jurisdictions in the deep south have been reticent to pass such policies. That might change later this year, as the City of New Orleans considers passing an RPS. And that’s the crazy trick that could save customers money. Passing an RPS.
The Energy Future New Orleans Coalition is: