Entergy has applied for federal grants to improve the utility provider’s power grid in Louisiana. PSC Commissioner Devante Lewis said he wrote a letter of support for the application. If secured the funds would be aimed at reducing extreme weather impacts and help speed up restoration and recovery efforts after major storm events.
“I’m really excited about this because if the grant money is approved there will be no dollars used by our ratepayer to fund the project,” said Lewis.
Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans are seeking a total of $220 million in grants. The grants are funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Lewis said the application process also called for a community impact agreement and how the funding will help underserved communities.
“You can only restore power as resilient as your equipment is. I have written a personal letter to Secretary Granholm asking her and the Department of Energy to approve these applications,” said Lewis.
Lewis said he’s hopeful the Department of Energy will recognize the importance of investing in the power grid for Louisiana.
“So, we don’t have to make those hard choices on whether or not our consumers can survive a hurricane or have to pay higher bills,” said Lewis.
Lewis said grant recipients are expected to be announced later this year.