Entergy (NYSE:ETR) on May 29 said that Entergy Louisiana’s approximately $870m, 980-MW St. Charles Power Station began commercial operation on May 23.
Entergy Louisiana President and CEO Phillip May said in the statement, in part: “This combined-cycle plant is one part of our transformation to cleaner, more efficient generation. Replacing older, less efficient plants with new, cleaner natural gas units will improve system reliability, reduce environmental impacts and produce substantial customer savings over the long term.”
Entergy Louisiana – which employs 31 people to operate the plant – plans to officially dedicate the unit in a ceremony scheduled for July 15, the company said.
As noted on the project’s webpage, the plant is located in Montz, about 30 miles from New Orleans. Building the plant at the St. Charles Power Station location was determined through extensive analysis to be the lowest reasonable cost option to provide needed energy to the supply constrained Amite South region of southeast Louisiana, the site noted. Amite South is an area where apart from the Ninemile Point Unit 6, the average age of fossil fuel-fired generating units is more than 40 years, the webpage said, adding that Amite South encompasses the region from east of the Baton Rouge metropolitan area to the Mississippi state line and south to the Gulf of Mexico, including the metropolitan New Orleans area.
Among other things, Entergy said in its statement that over the past 13 years, it has added about 5,000 MW of combined-cycle gas turbine generation, allowing for the deactivation of more than 6,300 MW of older, less efficient gas or oil units.