PETITION TO THE UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL

We urge the Commission, through the Integrated Resource Plan, to mandate that Entergy New Orleans (ENO) obtain at least 20% of energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. We also request that ENO factor in external costs of burning fossil fuels in their cost projections for providing energy to ratepayers.

It is unwise on the part of ENO to rely solely on natural gas and other fossil fuels to produce our energy. Rising gas prices translate to higher energy bills, and burning fossil fuels causes climate change, which destroys our way of life in Louisiana. New Orleans needs a diverse, renewable energy portfolio to guarantee clean, reliable and affordable energy for years to come. We demand a transition to a clean energy economy.

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