Read this Article first:
Electric bill shocks likely to ease
This of course didn't get anywhere near the front page. What the headline should have said was the end of the first sentence: "New Orleans had the highest electric bills in the state". The article then goes on to blame high energy rates on multiple issues including....get this: the fixed costs of generating and supplying electricity -- such as operating and maintaining the Michoud power plant -- are spread among fewer customers.
So we're paying to operate and maintain the Michoud power plant? Do we have a vested ownership stake in that power plant? What about the new plant they want to build, if we finance it through our bills do we get to reap profits when we sell the energy to other areas? Also, in terms of kWh's....what happened to the law of supply and demand? Fewer people in the city should require less amounts of energy being generated from the plant, no? Does the plant only supply energy for New Orleans?
Now look at this article posted yesterday:
Utililies panel to open Entergy N.O. inquiries: Official says company's been forthright on rates, plant plans
Look at this paragraph:
Midura has long been a critic of Entergy New Orleans, though her dealings with the company were often tempered by Oliver Thomas, the former chairman of the committee who resigned from the council last month after pleading guilty to federal charges of accepting bribes.
"Tempered"???? Does the councilwoman need to be tempered? Midura is leading the charge, they should have referred to it as Thomas, the bribe-taking councilman, was trying to hold her back from doing her job.
Once again this got nowhere near the front page...we're potentially getting fucked by our utilities company and that doesn't warrant front page news?
Now keep in mind the TP posted an editorial back in April saying that the city council regulatory body on Entergy should be disbanded. Now that same committee is calling for formal investigations on multiple issues including: Joint Account Purchases with Arkansas' Entergy branch, the development of a new nuclear plant which we New Olreanians will essentially pay for but don't need, and inflated fuel charges.
Think the TP may have an agenda?
Also there is this article which is by far the most balanced of the three:
Panel votes to begin Entergy inquiry