Entergy New Orleans to begin $30 million transmission system upgrade

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New Orleans will be positioned for continued economic growth and development when Entergy New Orleans, Inc. begins a $30 million technological upgrade to its electric power transmission system this summer.

The project will enhance reliability, increase transmission capacity and help ensure the availability of affordable power now and into the future. Entergy will host a series of Power to Grow informational meetings starting in early June for the impacted areas.

"This project represents a $30 million capital investment in the electric transmission infrastructure of New Orleans," said Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. "When completed, the city will have a technologically advanced system with increased capacity and reliability. To meet customers' growing energy needs, a transmission system upgrade of this magnitude is required to move more power with greater efficiency."

The transmission project is part of ongoing integrated resource planning for New Orleans, as Entergy is preparing to deactivate the aging Michoud generating facility, originally placed into service during the 1960s. These upgrades are required by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator prior to the planned 2016 Michoud deactivation. In addition, Entergy is also evaluating Michoud as a site for a future generation facility.

As a result, Entergy will complete the project in two phases, both originating on the west bank at the Entergy Ninemile generating facility. The first phase, Ninemile-Napoleon substation, will begin in July 2015 and will affect the Audubon Park, upper Magazine Street and Annunciation Street areas. The second phase, Ninemile-Derbigny substation, will begin in October 2015 and will primarily impact the Carrollton-Hollygrove area, including Cambronne Street, and through the outer portions of the Xavier University footprint.

Both phases will replace the existing 230 kilovolt transmission lines with a 3M aluminum conductor composite reinforced high-voltage wire that will move power more reliably and efficiently. Through the use of this advanced technology, Entergy minimizes the need to replace the existing steel poles while providing additional transmission capacity.

Since the top priority for this project is to have a safe, accident-free environment for both the public and project crews, Entergy has developed detailed on-site safety measures that will be tailored to meet the needs of the community and impacted areas.

Power to Grow informational meetings for the project's first phase, Ninemile-Napoleon substation, are scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., and Thursday, June 4 at the NORDC Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Additional informational meetings will be announced in the future.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana's Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 171,000 customers and natural gas to some 105,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corp.

Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 MW of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.

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