Friday, April 10, 2009

Little Gypsy on Hold

OK, so I said I wasn't going to talk about the Little Gypsy plant conversion for a while. I wouldn't but for the fact that 1) I want to report the latest status and 2) I have a mea culpa.

First, the LA Public Service Commission did not act on Entergy's request to shelve the project for three plus years, but the previous application is pretty much dead (article from New Orleans CityBusiness).

Second, mea culpa - I was railing against the use of coal as the fuel for the converted plant. In fact, it was to be petroleum coke, a refinery byproduct. I got the exact fuel wrong, but it is still a dirty fuel and would be subject to intense upcoming carbon regulation. Entergy is now considering using a combined cycle gas turbine, a more efficient way of generating power with natural gas. Much better!

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