NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans is seeking resident and business input as it develops a grid resilience strategy, especially in the event of a disaster.
In 2022, the City of New Orleans was selected as one of 22 communities nationwide to receive support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP). This “first-of-its-kind” initiative is designed to help energy-burdened communities take direct control of their clean energy future. Community input is an important part of the ongoing initiative.
“Our inclusion in this innovative initiative has provided New Orleans with the technical assistance necessary to lead the fight against climate change,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “My administration values community input, and we encourage everyone to provide their feedback and ideas as our City plans for the clean energy transition and builds more resilient energy infrastructure. Thank you to all our local and federal partners in making this a reality for our city and building towards a more resilient future.”
Residents can take the brief survey here. Business owners can take the brief survey here.
Multiple City agencies are participating as a part of the Communities LEAP team, including Office of Economic Development, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Neighborhood Engagement Office and Hazard Mitigation Office. The Communities LEAP team is receiving technical assistance from The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). NREL also provided technical assistance for a related initiative, the Lower Ninth Ward Energy Grid Resilience Project, for which the City of New Orleans recently received a $221,375 grant from FEMA to design a solar-powered emergency backup power system at the Sanchez Multi-Service Center.