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February 23, 2021

Helena Moreno

Utilities Chair Helena Moreno to Order Independent Investigation After Entergy Reveals 3x as Many Customers Shut-Off in Mardi Gras Evening Blackout as Necessary

Utilities Chair Helena Moreno to Order Independent Investigation After Entergy Reveals 3x as Many Customers Shut-Off in Mardi Gras Evening Blackout as Necessary

NEW ORLEANS - Today, during a hearing of the Joint Utilities and Public Works Committees, Entergy New Orleans revealed that more than 25,000 customers were shut off during the MISO ordered blackout last Tuesday night, totaling nearly 81MW of load, when only 26MW was required.

 

February 22, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Helena Moreno Orders Investigation of Power Infrastructure to Prevent Catastrophic Failures Seen in Texas

Council President Helena Moreno Orders Investigation of Power Infrastructure to Prevent Catastrophic Failures Seen in Texas

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council Utilities Chair Helena Moreno announced the launch of a Council inquiry into the level of weatherization in Entergy power production infrastructure to protect ratepayers from winter weather disruptions similar to those in Texas. 

 

In Texas, preliminary reports show that lack of weatherization caused the failure of natural gas, coal, wind and nuclear power generation. To prevent this type of catastrophe in our area, Chair Moreno has ordered the Council utility advisors to assess plants owned or partly owned by Entergy that serve New Orleans then issue a report on the status of weatherization. Based on that report, additional action by the Council may be taken. A letter informing Entergy New Orleans CEO David Ellis of this weatherization assessment was sent last Friday.

 

February 4, 2021

Helena Moreno

Councilmembers Moreno and Giarrusso File Notice for Full Renewal of Library Millage

Councilmembers Moreno and Giarrusso File Notice for Full Renewal of Library Millage

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council President Helena Moreno and Councilmember Joe Giarrusso announced the filing of a full renewal of the expiring 3.14 millage that supports the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL). The notice provides for a vote in the election held on October 9, 2021. The millage renewal, which extends the current millage for nineteen additional years, was first authorized in 1986. It is one of two millages that directly support the operations of the NOPL.

January 28, 2021

Helena Moreno

New Orleans City Council Welcomes New Interim Member Donna Glapion

New Orleans City Council Welcomes New Interim Member Donna Glapion

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the Council voted to appoint Donna Glapion, New Orleans civic and community leader, to serve as interim Councilmember At-Large for the remainder of former Councilmember Jason Williams’ term. 

January 20, 2021

Helena Moreno

*REMINDER* Applications to Serve as Interim New Orleans City Councilmember Close Today at 5 PM

*REMINDER* Applications to Serve as Interim New Orleans City Councilmember Close Today at 5 PM

NEW ORLEANS - The deadline for members of the public to apply for the vacant interim City Council seat is today, January 20, by 5 PM. The selected candidate will serve for the remainder of the term of former Councilmember At-Large Jason Williams, who is now officially sworn in as the City’s new District Attorney.

 

Qualified New Orleanians interested in taking on this role may visit council.nola.gov/interim to apply and submit a resume. As a reminder, anyone who serves as interim Councilmember At-Large may not run for that position in the Fall 2021 elections.

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