Unit to Cut Fuel Costs, Produce Reliable, Affordable Power for Louisiana
WESTWEGO, La. – Several hundred thousand Louisianians can expect Ninemile 6,
Entergy Louisiana’s newest and most efficient generating unit, to power their
lives for decades to come, company officials said today at the plant’s
“Ninemile 6 represents a cornerstone of Entergy’s long-term plan to modernize
our generation fleet and help meet our customers’ growing need for safe,
affordable and reliable power,” Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy
Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., said.
Entergy Louisiana owns the new 560-megawatt unit. Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans, Inc. will purchase 25 percent and 20 percent,
respectively, of the new unit’s output, bringing benefits to their customers as
The unit’s combined-cycle gas turbine technology uses 30 percent less fuel
than existing natural gas combustion units, and it employs state-of-the-art
pollution controls. These combined factors reduce emissions and produce highly
efficient, cleaner electricity.
The unit is projected to reduce fuel costs by approximately $50 million in
2015 and $69 million in 2016 for Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans customers.
“Ninemile 6 not only helps meet our existing customers’ needs, it provides
the low-cost power required to help drive Louisiana’s industrial renaissance and
the creation of thousands of jobs,” May said. “Entergy’s Louisiana companies
need more generating capacity to satisfy the demand of the state’s rapidly
expanding economy as well as continue modernizing our fleet. We believe
Entergy’s plan will help meet those needs while controlling customer costs and
allow Louisianians to capitalize on this tremendous economic opportunity.
“As the state’s economy grows, the cost of adding generation will be spread
across a rising volume of electricity sales, reducing the impact to customers
and keeping rates low,” May added.
The unit, which officially started commercial operation on Dec. 24, 2014, was
completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The plant cost approximately $655
million to build, substantially below its original budget of $721 million.
Nearly 830 workers were employed at the peak of construction. Entergy has added
21 permanent positions to staff the unit.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. provide
electric service to more than one million Louisiana customers. Additionally,
Entergy Gulf States Louisiana provides natural gas service to approximately
93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern,
central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts 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 $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.
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