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  • Judge allows lawsuit to continue against utility tax change

    October 5, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge has refused to throw out the Louisiana Chemical Association's lawsuit objecting to a legislative tax change that raised $103 million for this year's budget. The Louisiana Legislature and the Department of Revenue argued Monday the association didn't have the legal standing to... more »
  • Utility companies learning from April storm check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 13, 2015 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Utility companies explained what they learned from last month's storms to the Louisiana Public Service Commission Wednesday. The Public Service Commission oversees utility companies. Both Entergy and DEMCO had about 60,000 outages each when heavy wind and rain hit the Baton Rouge region on April 27.... more »
  • Power restored to schools, all EBR public students return Thursday

    April 29, 2015 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System campuses will open for class Thursday. A spokesperson for the district said power was restored to all campuses Wednesday, allowing administrators to ready buildings for students Thursday. All students should report to their regularly scheduled classes Thursday morning.... more »
  • Regulators to discuss nuclear power plant

    April 1, 2015 10:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting for people to learn about issues with the area's nuclear power plant, River Bend. Inspectors have been at the plant recently for incidents relating to two unplanned shutdowns and a security violation. The NRC calls the meeting... more »
  • Drivers doubt end is near for LA 73 work check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 17, 2015 5:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins working on the roadway. The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays. "It's been going on and on... more »
  • Entergy finishing repairs after large Miss. outage

    August 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    WOODVILLE, Miss. - An Entergy spokesperson said the utility company was slowly bringing back online several Mississippi neighborhoods which lost power in a large outage this weekend. Around 3,200 people in southwest Mississippi remained in the dark Monday evening. Entergy estimated they would have power back to all their... more »
  • Utility rates may rise in Donaldsonville

    March 26, 2014 6:01 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Utility rates in Donaldsonville may rise in the wake of a budget shortfall in the city's sewer department. City Finance Director Sandra Williams says the city's sewer department shows a deficit of $337,000 for the fiscal year through February, caused mostly by transfers from the department to the... more »
  • PSC approves statewide energy-efficiency program

    August 22, 2013 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's public utility regulators have given preliminary approval to a voluntary statewide energy-efficiency program. While efforts to make the program mandatory have been dropped, The Times-Picayune reports the state's three largest energy companies said they would sign on to the optional initiative as a show of good... more »
  • Entergy, ITC to refile Texas merger application

    August 9, 2013 4:11 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Faced with likely rejection because of procedural reasons, Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. have withdrawn their Texas application to merge transmission systems. The move came at the end of an hours-long hearing Friday in Austin, Texas, before the state's Public Utility Commission. New Orleans-based Entergy and... more »
  • Energy efficiency program stalled for adjustments

    June 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency is reviving a planned statewide energy efficiency program - but is delaying implementation to work on modifications. The Louisiana Public Service Commission has gone back and forth on the program, approving it in December, then shelving it in February. Wednesday's vote restarts... more »
  • Walker may raise utility rates

    June 15, 2013 10:33 AM

    WALKER, La. - Utility rates in Walker may rise for the first time in more than a decade. The Advocate reports the Board of Aldermen has scheduled a public hearing for June 24 on four ordinances to adjust the city's rates on gas, water, sewer and garbage collection. The adjustments... more »
  • Bridge repair taking longer than expected check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2013 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People want answers after a bridge in their neighborhood has been closed for more than a year without the repairs they were promised. According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, work on the Woodlake Drive bridge was delayed due to problems with utility relocation and... more »
  • Cleco sends crews to help in wake of OKC tornado

    May 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    PINEVILLE - Cleco Corp. is sending a 34-member crew to Oklahoma City to help Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company restore power to customers after a tornado destroyed its electric system. The crew is expected to arrive in Oklahoma on Wednesday. Cleco's mutual assistance coordinator, Floyd Pittman, says after seeing the... more »
  • Elusive apartment owner owes $100,000 to city check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 30, 2013 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Conditions continue to get worse at an apartment complex with a history of trouble in Baton Rouge. The majority owner of the Brandywine Apartments, Dr. Stephen Ayers from Lake Charles, missed utility payments for years and now owes the city more than $100,000. The parish told... more »
  • Wreck leaves hundreds of BR residents in the dark

    January 17, 2013 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An 18-wheeler hit a utility pole and left hundreds in the dark this afternoon in Baton Rouge, according to police. The wreck happened in the 2900 block of Baton Rouge around 3:30 p.m. There were no injuries. Entergy reported more than 1,500 customers from the... more »
  • Newly-elected councilman ticketed for utility theft

    January 2, 2013 4:26 PM

    GONZALES - Police ticketed a new Gonzales city councilman after they said he stole electricity from a nearby trailer park. Police issued a misdemeanor summons to Timothy Vessel on Dec. 17 for theft of utility services. According to Chief Sherman Jackson, on Nov. 30 the manager of the... more »
  • Most in the area have power, others will be in the dark for 2013

    December 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Everyone in Louisiana who lost power and could safely get it restored, are back on line after powerful storms moved across the area on Christmas Day. "Our state was fortunate to be spared the worst of the storm's damage, and the dedication of our employees - who... more »
  • Power crews are making progress

    November 9, 2012 10:31 AM

    UNDATED - People in the Northeast are seeing some progress following back-to-back storms. For the first time in 11 days, almost all of Connecticut's homes and businesses have power. Fewer than 20,000 New York City customers remain in the dark. But power crews still have a lot to do in... more »
  • Angelle takes open Public Service Commission seat

    November 6, 2012 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Jindal administration official Scott Angelle has won an open seat on Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission. He took more than half the vote Tuesday over four other candidates, securing the south central Louisiana seat left vacant by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field. Angelle, of... more »
  • Iberville council abolishes waterworks district

    September 19, 2012 7:08 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council has unanimously abolished Waterworks District No. 2, placing day-to-day water service operations for east Iberville residents under the jurisdiction of the parish Utility Department. Council Chairman Matt Jewell says the parish will have to absorb the water district's outstanding debt, now amounting to... more »
  • Power outages drop to 5 percent of La. customers

    September 3, 2012 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Utility companies have restored power to most Louisiana residents, six days after Hurricane Isaac struck the state. The Public Service Commission reported Monday that 105,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity - about 5 percent of the customers statewide. After the storm came ashore, more than 900,000... more »
  • Hundreds lose power after truck snaps utility pole

    August 22, 2012 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A truck knocked down a utility pole in north Baton Rouge this afternoon, knocking out power to a few hundred people living in the area. Emergency responders said the driver of the truck had a blowout, and swerved off the road to avoid hitting a car.... more »
  • Court won't make AR,MS utilities pay to exit pact

    August 14, 2012 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected an effort by Louisiana utility regulators to make Entergy Corp. subsidiaries in Arkansas and Mississippi pay for ending an agreement with their Entergy counterparts in Louisiana and Texas. The ruling Tuesday by an appeals court in Washington deals with an agreement... more »
  • Worker hurt trying to shut off gas fire

    May 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gas meter caught on fire and injured one utility worker this afternoon in Baton Rouge. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said it happened this afternoon behind a home on Madras Drive. Flames from the meter could be seen shooting up behind the... more »
  • Entergy shareholders will foot bond mistake bill

    August 11, 2011 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana utility regulators have voted unanimously that Entergy Corp. shareholders - and not its customers - will foot a $1 million bill for a mistake in publicizing a bond sale. According to The Advocate the Public Service Commission ordered Entergy Louisiana to refund customers on their... more »
  • PSC backs merger of AT&T and T-Mobile

    July 27, 2011 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's utility regulators have thrown their support behind a national proposal for AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. The Public Service Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday not to oppose the merger idea, which is awaiting federal consideration. The merger would give AT&T 43 percent of... more »
  • Rule kicking in to stop electricity cutoffs

    July 12, 2011 4:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A state utility regulator says a rule is kicking in that prevents electric utilities from cutting off customers when the heat index is at least 105 degrees. The same rule by the Public Service Commission also stops electricity and natural gas cutoffs when winter temperatures drop below... more »
  • PSC, BESE remap plans coast through La. House

    March 30, 2011 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District redesigns for Louisiana's utility regulators and top education board have easily sailed through the Louisiana House. Lawmakers asked no questions Wednesday about the remapping for the five districts of the Public Service Commission or for the eight elected districts of the Board of Elementary and... more »

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