Data News Weekly Staff Edited Report
This new year began with many New Orleanians being met with an unwelcome surprise – a soaring Entergy bill. Utilities Committee Chair Helena Moreno will call a special meeting next week to question Entergy executives on why many customers’ bills have doubled.
The causes appear to extend beyond weather, including both Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant being down, along with ENO’s Union Power Station also out for part of the same time.
“These higher bills couldn’t have come at a more difficult time for our people, still wading through this Pandemic and its economic effects. We need Entergy to explain these costs and continue our systemic work to prevent future issues like this from occurring. I’ve been in communication and expressed my concern to Entergy New Orleans CEO David Ellis. Increased usage during the winter is not out of the ordinary, but doubling of some bills is alarming. Our advisors are currently looking into this matter, and I expect Entergy New Orleans to be able to detail the reasons for these costs thoroughly to the Council and their customers, the people of this City. From there, the Council will make a determination on potential additional steps to take,” said City Council President and Utilities Chair Helena Moreno.