Entergy executives announced moderate overnight gains in the post-Hurricane Ida power restoration efforts during a Tuesday press briefing.
In New Orleans, roughly 73 percent of the 205,000 customers who lost power in New Orleans have been restored, up from 71 percent on Monday. In the entire region, the company has been able to restore 58 percent of the 902,000 customers who lost power, up from 51 percent on Monday.
Entergy New Orleans CEO Deanna Rodriguez said that the company was still on track to restore power to 90 percent of the city by Wednesday. She said that some areas of the city are requiring more complicated repairs that will take additional time.
“There are areas where our restoration efforts are going to be more complex,” she said. “Algiers, for example, it entails a lot of backyard work which is very complicated.”
Entergy Louisiana Vice President of Distribution Operations John Hawkins explained that in Algiers, repair crews are having to move equipment into backyards, sometimes using cranes to hoist equipment over homes, which takes extra time.
Rodriguez said another complicated area that would require extra time was Venetian Isles on the eastern edge of Orleans Parish. Similar to Grand Isle, on the southern tip of the state on the Gulf of Mexico, Rodriguez said Venetian Isles would need a complete rebuild, rather than just repairs.
On Monday, both Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans announced a suspension of late fees. That’s on top of a previously announced suspension of service disconnections for nonpayment of bills. On Tuesday, Entergy executives did not lay out an exact timeline for how long those suspensions will last.
Entergy Louisiana CEO Phillip May said on Tuesday that the company was on track to meet its restoration estimates for Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish.
“We also anticipate making a great deal of progress in Tangipahoa parish in the coming days,” May said.