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.