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New Orleans Delays Michoud Gas Plant Decision to 2018

By Editors of Power Engineering

Construct of the proposed 226-MW Michoud gas plant in New Orleans East has been pushed back to at least 2018.

The New Orleans City Council Utility Committee won’t make a determination on Entergy’s plans for the plant until next February, as the council’s utility advisors said the October deadline wouldn’t give the council enough time to review the details, WWL reported.

Development of the Michoud plant was delayed when studies indicated demand at the New Orleans power grid was lower than anticipated.

Entergy had suggested it would abandon construction completely, though the company has since offered an option for a 128-MW facility. However, officials noted a larger plant is better for long-term sustainability.

Entergy CEO Charles Rice said cascading blackouts could happen if a new power plant isn’t built to replace the aging Nine Mile Point facility across the river.