The New Orleans City Council has called for an independent investigation after it was revealed that Entergy cut power to more people than was necessary during last week’s rolling blackouts.
At Tuesday’s special committee meeting, the company that oversees a number of electrical companies say Entergy New Orleans was instructed to cut 26 megawatts of power to prevent a complete system breakdown. Instead, Entergy cut 81 megawatts, three times more than required. Entergy representatives say they did so to help prevent a complete system breakdown. All of Louisiana’s power companies did so at the direction of MISO — a group that oversees electrical power companies in 15 states. CEO David Ellis says it takes a while for the company to gather all of the information following an event like this.