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Entergy can guarantee power for any new projects that are part of the expected industrial renaissance in Louisiana, says John Hurstell, the utility's vice president for system planning.
"We are adding generation as we speak," he says. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the state."
Hurstell was part of a panel discussion today at the LSU Center for Energy Studies' annual Energy Summit, where concerns were raised about potential new EPA regulations on power plant carbon emissions. Hurstell says that while it doesn't appear that EPA understands the energy business, he suggested stakeholders in government, industry and the environmental movement could hammer out a plan to reach carbon reduction goals that no one is happy with but that everyone can live with.
At the end of last year, Entergy handed management of its grid over to Indiana-based MISO, which operates across 15 states and a Canadian province. While there are concerns in Midwestern MISO states about shutting down aging coal plants, MISO Vice President Todd Hillman says a power shortage there, if it happened, wouldn't impact Louisiana's expected manufacturing expansion.
"[We] don't want to be in front of that train," he adds.
Jennifer Vosburg, president of Louisiana Generating, says promoting merchant generation and co-generation by industrial plants might help meet the growing need for power. For a power generator, she says it's important to meet with new or expanding companies as early as possible to discuss their expected energy needs. —David Jacobs
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