October 29, 2012 11:28 PM
Crews from across the country are on their way to the northeast to help restore power outages caused by now Tropical Storm Sandy. They're even getting a little bit of help from Acadiana. At least two local companies sent crews to help areas hit by Sandy, CLECO and Entergy.
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August 30, 2012 5:25 AM
The Church Point Police Department, as of 4:00 Thursday morning, is without power or phones. Officials tell KATC about half the town is without power and much of the town is without land line service. Anyone needing emergency assistance should call 911. For any other needs, call the Acadia Parish... more »
April 12, 2012 10:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Low natural gas prices and plentiful gas supplies have put aside plans to convert a gas-fired power plant to New Roads to coal power. NRG Energy Inc. spokesman Dave Knox told The Advocate that the company has allowed a state permit to convert the Big... more »
April 4, 2012 9:45 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Board of Ethics lost its power to enforce various ethics laws four years ago. Now, the board only investigates ethics complaints. If it decides a violation has occurred, it makes its case to a panel of administrative law judges. The board cannot appeal... more »
March 7, 2012 5:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Entergy New Orleans scrambled to get power back to tens of thousands of customers and to find out what caused the power failure. Spokesman Philip Allison says 34,000 customers were without power about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. As of 5 p.m., the outage number was at about... more »
January 25, 2012 9:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Entergy New Orleans Inc. has received permission from the utility committee of the New Orleans City Council to purchase 20 percent of the power from a proposed $721 million generating unit at the Ninemile Point power plant. A final vote is required by the full council... more »
September 28, 2011 7:12 PM
As we told you at 10 last night, LCG passed a budget after months of debate. One controversial point of that budget- how money from red light cameras is spent.
Aside from that, at least one councilman is asking how the red light camera contract was renewed? He says... more »
June 5, 2011 11:51 AM
Power is fully restored to all Slemco customers.
Saturday evening, strong thunderstorms knocked out power to 4500 customers in the Eunice and Washington area. Around 10 Saturday evening, power was restored to half of their customers.
Witnesses tell Slemco that a possible tornado hit one of their utility... more »
June 4, 2011 11:27 PM
The strong line of thunderstorms that tore through Acadiana earlier knocked out power to nearly forty five hundred Slemco customers.
Representatives say that power has been restored in some areas, but twenty two hundred are still without power in the Washington and Eunice area.
Witnesses tell Slemco that... more »
April 26, 2011 9:50 AM
There are reports of power outages in Kaplan. According to the Kaplan Herald, the main line that feeds Kaplan at the Selmco substations fell. The local Selmco is currently waiting for crews from Lake Charles to come in and assist.
March 13, 2011 10:47 AM
KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) - Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination. Nuclear plant operators were frantically trying to keep temperatures down in... more »
February 3, 2011 7:39 PM
The four major power companies in Acadiana are closely watching the radars. At their stations, it's all hands on deck. SLEMCO , CLECO , Entergy and LUS are all calling in back up crews from across the state, in preparation for Thursday night's ice storm.
"We are preparing. We... more »
January 14, 2011 5:12 PM
Electricity is restored in St. Martinville and in Catahoula and Parks in St. Martin Parish. A St. Martinville City Hall employee says the city was without power for about three hours, and Cleco restored it just before 4:00.
SLEMCO spokesperson Mary Laurent says a truck carrying concrete on Cade... more »
December 27, 2010 9:10 AM
A main power line that supplies electricity to all power companies in south Louisiana is down and resulted in power outages throughout Acadiana. According to a spokesperson with LUS, the company is "shedding" power. The practice involves basically rotating power between areas in the grid meaning that an area of... more »
November 26, 2010 7:51 PM
LUS Director Terry Huval says power has now been restored to all LUS customers. About 37,000 of LUS's 60,000 customers were without power starting around 5:15. Power began being restored about 30 minutes later. A transformer failed at the major transmission hub located at the Bonin power plant.
October 15, 2010 11:03 AM
A morning power outage at Johnston and Ambassador Caffery affects 5,126 customers. LUS said the homes and businesses lost power at 9:15 am. It also knocked out some stop lights. All but 1,500 got their power back by 9:51 a.m.. The rest of the customers will get power by 10:30... more »
July 19, 2010 11:16 AM
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Two organizations have asked a federal judge to halt construction of a $1.7 billion coal-fired power plant in southwestern Arkansas. Audubon Arkansas and the Sierra Club said Monday they filed a motion in federal court in Texarkana, claiming the construction is destroying wetlands. Owners of a... more »
June 22, 2010 12:23 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders plan to pass a bill this week that would give subpoena power to the panel investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said House leaders plan to vote on the bill as early as Wednesday and... more »
June 21, 2010 7:48 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Acadiana utilities say that although they avoided rolling blackouts last week, there's still worry about the rest of the summer. Emily Pennel is spokeswoman for the Southwest Power Pool, a nonprofit group that regulates transmission lines in eight states including Louisiana. She said that the group... more »
March 24, 2010 12:38 PM
Update: Energy has been almost fully restored with 8 residents still being affected.
Approximately 1,000 Entergy customers will be without power for several hours today after a car hit a pole near Milton. Entergy crews must replace the pole that was hit and straighten four more poles... more »
January 12, 2010 6:37 PM
Almost 300 households are still without power after power crews.
Series of problems kept Entergy from being able to finish placing new lines. The wire they put up after yesterday's outage burned. So today, a larger wire was installed. Then, that one broke the pole. Crews also hit a... more »
January 12, 2010 3:53 PM
Classes were out at Westside Elementary in Scott, following a second day of power problems. On Monday, an early morning wreck knocked out power for several hours at the school, but students remained in class. The power went out again at 6:30 AM on Tuesday, so classes were cancelled.
January 11, 2010 1:51 PM
More than 800 people were left without power-- and thus, heat-- Monday morning after a power line went down on Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Included in this outage was Westside Elementary School in Scott.
School principal Lisa Thomas says she got a call at 6:45 that there was no power... more »
January 11, 2010 10:07 AM
Residents in the town of Scott are dealing with power outages at this time.
According to Entergy official Liz Duhon, the outage is limited to customers north of Hwy 90. Crews are working on the problem and look to restore complete power within the next 2-3 hours. Local schools... more »
January 7, 2010 5:31 PM
In an effort to ease the congestion of Acadiana's electrical grid during the forecasted cold snap over the next few days, SLEMCO is in the process of shifting the electrical load of some of its customers to substations that fall outside the immediate vicinity of Lafayette.
"Our customers will... more »
December 28, 2009 12:18 PM
Due to an electrical switchgear malfunction within City Hall, the LUS Customer Service Center was forced to shut down today. LUS customers will not be able to make payments in the lobby or drive-thru. In addition, the LUS call center will only be able to take a limited... more »
December 28, 2009 8:41 AM
Some residents are without electricity in New Iberia. In the early morning hours of December 28th, a vehicle ran into a utility pole at the intersection of Hopkins and Mississippi Streets. Cleco is working to restore power to residents as soon as possible.
October 15, 2009 7:52 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Electricity customers with Cleco Power LLC are expected to see their utility bills drop by the end of the year.
That's when the company's Rodemacher 3 power plant goes on line, a petroleum coke-fired generator in central Louisiana that will offer a cheaper... more »