Originally Posted On The Times-Picayune
Entergy Louisiana has received approval to build a new $869 million power plant in St. Charles Parish, part of a broader effort to strengthen power generation and transmission in a region that has seen a boom in industrial growth. The plant is expected to start running in 2019.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Thursday (Nov. 17) gave Entergy permission to move forward with the project, which will be located in Montz about 30 miles outside New Orleans. The vote clears the way for construction after some industrial users in the region had challenged Entergy to show more proof there was a need to build a new plant.
The natural gas-fired plant, known as the St. Charles Power Station, will be able to generate up to 980 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power roughly 590,000 homes on a hot summer day. For perspective, the city of New Orleans as a whole has about 150,000 households.
It is expected to employ 27 permanent workers and up to 700 workers during construction.