Entergy Puts Little Gypsy Project on Hold for At Least Three Years
April 15, 2009
Great news! On April 8, 2008, the Louisiana PSC said it would allow Entergy to cancel all contracts associated with the Little Gypsy repowering project while the company puts the effort on hold for at least three years. Entergy initially requested the 3-year delay on April 1 because of uncertainty in key factors affecting the project, including falling natural gas prices, the national economic downturn, and federal energy policies, such as a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard and probable CO2 regulation. Entergy has stated that if it chooses to pursue the project in the future, it would have to start over with entirely new contracts.
Sierra Club has been fighting this project for years, and this decision represents a monumental win in our fight against global warming.
March 12, 2009
Sierra Club and its allies celebrated a major victory on March 11, when the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered Entergy Louisiana to suspend its plan for the Little Gypsy plant in St. Charles Parish. The PSC initially approved Entergy’s proposal to rebuild the existing natural gas plant to burn petroleum coke and coal in 2007. Soon after, Sierra Club and its allies asked the PSC to reconsider its approval due to the proposed plant’s high global warming emissions and escalating construction costs. Yesterday, the PSC agreed with Sierra Club, and requested that Entergy return for the commission’s April meeting to discuss the economic viability of the project.
Details and Documents:
It's official: Entergy's Little Gypsy Project is on hold for at least three years
April 8, 2009 by Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune
PSC orders Entergy to suspend work on Little Gypsy Project
March 11, 2009 by Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune
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