Funding Commitments Secured for Upgrades on Power Infrastructure


Building a dedicated substation at the Sewerage & Water Board will replace the existing, outdated power generation equipment with a modernized system designed to power our city’s drainage and water pumps in a reliable, resilient, and cost-effective manner.

Project Components and Funding

Component Cost Funding Source
Substation $34 million Entergy New Orleans
Two Frequency Changers $20 million City of New Orleans
Integration System* $20 million State Capital Outlay Funds
Modernized System Total Cost: $74 million  

Why This Plan?

  • Allows SWBNO to fund project without increased cost to SWBNO ratepayers
  • $20M City contribution creates $44M in savings
  • Aligns Entergy investment with ownership of substation and City investment with ownership of all other aspects of the project (frequency changers, integration)

Significant Citywide Benefits:

  • Increased and consistent reliability - power coming directly from transmission line, unaffected by weather, outages, old turbine failures
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • Operational savings for SWBNO based on system efficiency and reduced O&M costs
  • Improved quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood


Q3 2021 Q4 2021 Q3 2023 Q4 2023
ENO and City Council approvals Groundbreaking Substation construction complete Commissioning of new, modernized power complex

*Integration system is comprised of the equipment necessary to convert and distribute Entergy power to drainage and water pumping stations, including switchgear, operations center, grid control system, fuel lines, feeders, and utility rack.

For more information about the future substation and the funding, please click here.

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