A request from the Rodemacher Power Plant for $88 million received full council approval Tuesday. Approval for the bond issuance was the easy part. Convincing residents of a good investment was the hard part. In fact, a number of people were requesting more time - to explore other natural resource options. "We could be looking at renewable, solar, wind," explains a Lafayette resident. "Our children and grandchildren who will have to live with the consequences of climate change."
Utilities Director Terry Huval says natural gas is an option. The plant can be converted for half the price. However, the cost for natural-gas can be pricey for the customer. "If you take a look at the price of natural during times of when hurricanes come into the gulf. During these times there are still questions of shell, drilling" explains Huval.
"Wind power is being supported artificially on the west coast to the detriment of cheaper energy sources," says councilman Don Bertrand.
Chief administrative officer Dee Stanley says the $88 million retrofits the Rodemacher Plant for environmental regulations. "We can't have all our eggs in one basket as it relates to the types of energy we burn. We have to burn coal. We have to burn it efficiently. We have to burn it cleanly; and we also have to do something when we can to move to natural gas."