So, the City Council is going to have hearings on Entergy:
The New Orleans City Council has called a hearing for this morning to hammer Entergy's officials about the recovery. On its eve, as of 6 p.m. Monday, Entergy had restored power to 89.6 percent of the homes and businesses in New Orleans that lost it after the storm, leaving 16,772 still in the dark. In Jefferson Parish, just 69 percent of power has been restored, with 52,566 left to go.
This is the typical political dodge Entergy's employed for a couple of years now, whenever they need to put a face in front of the media. It sort of goes like this:
- Something happens (hurricane, rate increase, fuel adjustments)
- Entergy customers get upset
- The New Orleans City Council holds hearings
- Someone from Entergy New Orleans becomes a sacrificial lamb
- White folks in #themetrys tune this process out
...and Entergy gets a pass until the next disaster.
How are they able to get away with this? Because people don't realize there are TWO Entergy companies: Entergy of New Orleans, Inc., and Entergy Louisiana. Entergy of New Orleans is regulated by the New Orleans City Council, whereas Entergy Louisiana is regulated by the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
So, when the New Orleans City Council goes after Entergy NOLA CEO Charles Rice, it's going to be a very limited subset of the disaster. He'll be touting that 89.6% number, along with anything else good he can say about Entergy New Orleans. Since Entergy Louisiana is not within the purview of the New Orleans City Council, all Rice will get beat up for is Algiers.
What of Entergy Louisiana? They go back into the arcane world of the LPSC, where there's little media coverage.
Hopefully the media won't be fooled by the shell game.