Posted by Staff Writer on 6/29/2017 to Energy Industry
IncSmart Louisiana (Small Business and Startups) - Entergy Louisiana request for a new power plant has been approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Construction of the new plant is expected to begin next year. Estimated cost of the plant is $872 million dollars. The new power plant wil be powered by natural gas. The power station will be built in Westlake, near Lake Charles Louisiana. The 994 megawatt plant should be in service by June 2020.
Energy Louisiana said the new plant will save customers between $1.3 billion and $2 billion over the next 30 years. The new power plant will serve customers in Louisiana. Westlake will start the construction by Aug 1, 2017 for its grand opening in the summer of 2020. Not only is this a boon for consumers, construction of this plant is projected to create over 1200 direct and indirect jobs a year throughout the states. The company will employ 30 workers after the completion of the project. The unemployment rate as of May 2015 stands at 4.3% compared to Louisiana at 5.5%.
By Pat Turner
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