Utilities committee votes in favor of new power plant in NOE

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Utilities Committee of the New Orleans City Council on Wednesday voted to move forward after debating a new gas-fired power plant in New Orleans East.

The proposed plant would be built at Michoud at a cost of more than $200 million. Entergy has proposed two options: one for a 128-megawatt plant; the other a 226-megawatt plant. The proposal would cause New Orleans electricity rates to rise by more than $5 a month for the next 30 years.

Opponents said that instead of a new plant, the city should be considering renewable power like solar.

Entergy committed to exploring renewable power options.

The next step is a vote by the full council, which could take place in two weeks.

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