Entergy New Orleans has scheduled two public meetings for Dec. 13 and 14 to provide information and answer questions surrounding its June application with the New Orleans City Council to build a 226-MW combustion turbine unit called the New Orleans Power Station.
The utility said in a public notice that building a local resource like this will enhance its ability to provide reliable power to the city during the times of greatest need. In the public meetings, Entergy will address various topics, iincluding:
- what is a combustion turbine unit?
- why does New Orleans need this new plant?
- what is appropriate size for the combustion turbine unit?
- how does the project fit into the utility’s integrated resource plan?
The project will be located in an industrial area on the eastern edge of New Orleans at the same company-owned site as the deactivated Michoud plant. This site was identified as optimal considering factors such as proximity to fuel supply, existing infrastructure, site suitability and that it provides more reliability than alternatives considered.
The June 1, 2016, deactivations of the 1960s-era Michoud units 2 and 3, which were driven by economic decisions based on maintenance and operational issues, resulted in the loss of approximately 781 MW of local generating capacity, said a project fact sheet. As a result, Entergy New Orleans has a need for overall capacity as well as a need for local peaking and reserve capacity resources in Orleans Parish.
While the acquisition of the gas-fired Union Power Station Unit 1 near El Dorado, Arkansas, and the purchased power agreement with Entergy Louisiana’s Ninemile 6 generating unit in Westwego help offset a substantial portion of New Orleans’ overall need, the company still has a need for capacity, including a substantial need for peaking and reserve resources.
The estimated cost of the New Orleans Power Station is $216 million and it is expected to be operational in the second half of 2019. Entergy New Orleans is seeking City Council approval of its request by Jan. 31, 2017.