After Ida outages, utility proposals include city takeover

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, file photo, Entergy contractors prepare to detonate transmission lines that fell into the Mississippi River Harahan, in New Orleans, after a tower collapsed during Hurricane Ida. Amid calls for investigations following major power losses during Hurricane Ida, the power company subsidiary that provides electric service to New Orleans said Tuesday, Sept. 21 it's ready to discuss having the city assume control of the municipal power system. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Amid calls for investigations following major power losses during Hurricane Ida, the power company subsidiary that provides electric service to New Orleans said Tuesday it's ready to discuss having the city assume control of the municipal power system.

That's one of four options Entergy New Orleans outlined in a news release as the company prepares for discussions with the City Council, which regulates the electric monopoly in the city.

The other options include a merger with another Entergy Corporation subsidiary, Entergy Louisiana; a sale of Entergy New Orleans to another public or private business; or establishing a spinoff company separate from Entergy Corporation.

The council's utility committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday. It's chairperson, Helena Moreno, last week called for an investigation of the generation and transmission problems that led to a blackout related to Ida; a study on retail competition and utility ownership in New Orleans and a management audit of Entergy New Orleans.