Entergy Corporation started construction on Entergy Louisiana’s new $869 million, 980-megawatt, power station in St. Charles Parish.
The new plant will significantly reduce fuel costs for all Entergy Louisiana customers and increase reliability in the region from east of the Baton Rouge metropolitan area to the Mississippi state line and south to the Gulf of Mexico, including greater New Orleans, according to Louisiana Economic Development.
“This state-of-the-art plant is an investment in the future of Louisiana,” said President and CEO Phillip May of Entergy Louisiana. “The St. Charles Power Station will supply the clean, reliable energy required to satisfy customer demand and continue growing the state’s economy, and it will create much-needed jobs for Louisiana residents during its construction. This project would not be possible without the foresight of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, the civic and community leaders of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, and the support of many other groups and individuals.”
“Our economy and our way of life in Louisiana rely upon dependable, affordable electricity,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “Not only is Entergy one of our most important corporate employers, with headquarters in New Orleans, Entergy supplies more power to customers in the state of Louisiana than anyone. After a long, constructive process with our Public Service Commission, Entergy Louisiana is moving forward with this highly efficient power plant project that will benefit customers across the state. We’re excited to support them in providing more power to our people, in a more efficient way than ever before.”
“This project represents a long, positive relationship between the residents of St. Charles Parish and Entergy, and we look forward to growing that relationship with this endeavor,” said St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran. “We also look forward to the opportunities that this will provide for our local workforce.”
“Entergy continues to demonstrate their commitment to the region through investments and job creation,” said St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom. “This state-of-the-art facility is environmentally friendly and will serve as an economic driver for our area.”
“GNO Inc. is proud to support the construction of Entergy Louisiana’s St. Charles Power Plant,” said President and CEO Michael Hecht of Greater New Orleans Inc. “This plant will reduce costs for consumers and businesses, and make greater New Orleans a more attractive place to do business.”