Entergy is asking regulators to spend $15B over the next 10 years to harden an overhead system from the late 1900’s. But, in 2022 and after massive hurricanes in 2005 and 2021 wiped out much of the T&D serving New Orleans, why would Entergy propose more of the same?
PG&E concluded that “more of the same” (OH) was simply not the answer and is investing $15-30B as they start to underground their T&D system.
Entergy https://lnkd.in/g2_QKNUj has already spent BILLIONS on old school designs … “building a more resilient power grid is a year-round effort that we’ve been focused on for decades, including investing more than $10 billion on strengthening transmission and distribution electric infrastructure over the last five years.”
What if Entergy would consider the life cycle costs of operating their electric grid and add some underground systems to the proposed mix of investment? See “Critical Infrastructure at Critical Times” at https://lnkd.in/g4cfccbd
Entergy regulators need to ask some tough questions and Entergy planners, engineers and executives need to be prepared with some real 21st Century answers about the total cost of ownership as they prepare for the next inevitable Cat 5 hurricane.