Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough announced late Monday afternoon that he had received an update from Entergy CEO Sallie Rainer on the status of two of Entergy’s power plants which provide electricity to Montgomery County residents.
The Lewis Creek plant is back in operation, while the Montgomery County Power Station (MCPS) still has some ways to go until it is operating at full capacity.
“I have an update on the progress of returning our generating units to service,” Rainer told Keough. “Our Lewis Creek Unit 2 is now back on line adding 225 MW to our grid. Our Montgomery County Power Station (MCPS) is in startup and progressing nicely, it is producing over 100 MW right now, but still has several critical steps to reach its full output of close to 1000 MW. As of now, we expect MCPS to reach full output around 7 PM or so.”
Rainer continued, “Due to these additional generating resources coming back on we have been able to reduce the amount of load we have been curtailing. Earlier today MISO directed us to curtail 800 MW and we are now allowed to reduce that to 500 MW.”
Entergy is planning to restore power first to customers who have been without it the longest. Rainer said they will implement “rolling outages”, rolling customers on and off until the MCPS is at full output.
Keough noted that he expects to have another call with Entergy and update at 7:30 PM.