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Workers repair power lines damaged by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 31 in Houma, Louisiana. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Power company Entergy on Wednesday announced that its crews turned on power for some customers in eastern New Orleans after Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana and left approximately 1 million customers without electricity.

Why it matters: While outages still persist throughout much of the state, affecting hundreds of thousands of people, Wednesday's announcement offers a sign of hope for the region's recovery in the aftermath of the storm, AP notes.

What they're saying: Full power restoration in the state will take time due to "significant damage across the region," Entergy said in a press release.

  • "Crews will have to methodically bring back additional transmission lines over time to provide other pathways for power to enter the region, helping to maintain stability of the system throughout the complete restoration process," per the release.

Of note: Entergy New Orleans LLC serves Louisiana's Orleans parish, which includes providing electricity for more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers.

The big picture: Preliminary data from NASA Earth suggests that Ida was the fifth-strongest storm "ever to make landfall in the continental U.S."

  • The Louisiana Department of Health has recorded at least two deaths from the storm.
  • In Mississippi, two people died and 10 were injured Monday night when a highway collapsed after the storm swept through.

Go deeper: Crews move to rescue people stranded by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 24, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Preventing the next Texas power crisis

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Data: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

A new report on the widespread power outages in Texas in February calls for tougher standards to ensure reliability in freezing weather — and puts numbers behind the breadth of the deadly catastrophe.

Why it matters: A deep freeze in February across the country's midsection led to failures in multiple parts of the Texas power system, leading to over 200 deaths and highlighting major vulnerabilities there.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
35 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

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