Entergy New Orleans has spent about $96 million on its planned power plant in Michoud, a figure that’s making opponents of the plant jittery about the City Council’s plans to review their March vote to approve the New Orleans Power Station.City Councilwoman Helena Moreno issued a news release on Wednesday (Jan. 30) that referenced the $96 million figure, which Moreno said was compiled from invoices the company has submitted to the council’s utilities committee, which Moreno chairs. That prompted a response on Friday signed by seven opponents of the plant, who accused Entergy of “reckless” spending.Signing the letter were Susan Stevens Miller, an attorney at Earthjustice who represents the Alliance for Affordable Energy and the Sierra Club; Logan Atkinson Burke of the Alliance; Beverly Wright, the executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; Minh Nguyen, executive director of VAYLA New Orleans; environmental activist Renate Heurich; community activist Happy Johnson; and the Rev. Gregory Manning and Sylvia McKenzie, who are moderators with the organization Justice and Beyond.Entergy, which declined to comment through a spokesman, has been preparing the site of the new facility. Opponents say the company should have held off on the spending, which ratepayers will ultimately… Read full this story
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