Utilities

Councilmember Guidry serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Cable, Telecommunications and Technology Committee and as a member of the Council’s Utility Committee. In these roles, she has been able to accomplish a lot, including serving on the Utility Committee during an unprecedented five straight years of utility rate decreases for New Orleans residents!

Highlights

  • Authored new Cox Cable franchise agreement with the City, which includes newly-created Cox Community grants for technology-focused community projects across the City
  • Helped facilitate free wi-fi access in City Hall
  • Requested full inquiry and fact finding examination of ENO and ELL’s preparation, response, and recovery efforts during Hurricane Isaac (R-12-332)
  • Serving on the Utility Committee during unprecedented five straight years of utility rate decreases for New Orleans residents
  • Oversaw coordination and merger of City’s two successful energy-efficiency programs -  Energy Smart and NOLA Wise
  • Passed New Orleans’s first-ever Integrated Resource Plan that provides blueprint for New Orleans’s energy future over the next 20 years
  • Participated in public hearing investigating 2013 Super Bowl power outage

Honors

  • Received Urban Conversancy’s 2010 “Above and Beyond” Leadership Award for support of Lafitte Greenway and promoting responsible stormwater management solutions
  • Honored by Global Green U.S.A. for advocacy of energy efficient initiatives and growth of green industry
  • Honored by Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance for energy efficiency leadership as member of Council Utility Committee
  • Participated in the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Urban Water Series
  • Member of Gumbo Green Games Selection Committee for the 2012 and 2013 Green Natties Sustainable Business Awards
  • Invited to speak at the 13th Annual New Partners Smart Growth Conference in Denver, Colorado, February 13-15, 2014

FYI:

  • The City Council’s Utilities Committee oversees the Council’s regulatory authority over Entergy New Orleans, Inc. and Entergy Louisiana, Inc.; and makes recommendations to the full Council concerning electric and gas utility rates and services.
  • The City Council’s Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee reviews and sets policy concerning the granting and oversight of cable and telecommunications franchises in New Orleans; and oversees the Council’s involvement in Access Television, including Government Access and Community Access through the New Orleans Media Center.