Sources of this story include Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, LPSC , wdsu.com (Heath Allen, reporter), and the advocate.com
A new power plant slated for Bogalusa could generate millions in economic development, tax revenue and jobs. Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta announced Friday what he called "the first steps" toward making a new power plant near Bogalusa a reality.
The partially built Calpine power plant near Bogalusa that has been mothballed for nearly 15 years will be demolished and a 360-megawatt, natural gas-fired peaking plant owned by Entergy will be built on the site.
Skrmetta said the transaction could mean as much as $40 million in tax revenue to Washington Parish over the lifetime of the unit. The potential overall economic impact for Washington and northern St. Tammany parishes, Skrmetta said, could be over a billion dollars.
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and other parish officials have worked for years to have this dream become reality. “I am excited about this development for the people of Washington Parish,” said Thomas.
"We get excited when a new stop sign is put up. You have to look for it," Sen. Beth Mizell, (R) District 12, said. "So something this big will be meaningful to all the parish."
"It's going to be like hitting the lottery, a small Powerball for Washington Parish," Assessor Jimbo Stevenson said. "It's going to fund our schools. It's going to fund our sheriff's department. It's going to fund our clerk of court," Stevenson said.