FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Casey DeMoss Roberts, Alliance for Affordable Energy, 504-982-0468
Jordan Macha, Sierra Club, 713-299-4300
Welcome News for Louisiana Rate-Payers for the Holidays
Public Service Commission Passes State-Wide Energy Efficiency Rules
Baton Rouge, LA - On Wednesday, December 12th, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to approve a statewide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. Energy efficiency programs are popular across the United States because these programs help families and business save money. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), in partnership with the Sierra Club, the Alliance for Affordable Energy, and other interveners, have been working on these rules since 2009. Our Commissioners and staff have done a commendable job creating a program that will work for the ratepayers of Louisiana.
The Commission decided to follow in the footsteps of our neighboring state, Arkansas, which passed energy efficiency rules five years ago. The Louisiana rules are following a two-phase process. In Phase I, commonly known as the "Quick Start" phase, the utilities are required to design and implement efficiency programs, investment is capped at 0.5% of gross revenues (about $25-30 million), and exempts industrial customers of 5 Megawatts or larger.
Phase II rulemaking will begin immediately now that the rules have been passed. Phase II will decide the long-term investment, determine how large industrials will participate, and what compensation for lost revenues will be allowed for the utilities.
"Today's vote to implement the Energy Efficiency Standard is a testament to how committed our Public Service Commission is to moving Louisiana forward," noted Jordan Macha, Gulf States Representative of the Sierra Club. "With the passage of these rules, Louisiana families will be able to enjoy the health and prosperity of a clean energy economy."
Casey DeMoss Roberts, Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy said "The Alliance praises Commissioners Field, Boissiere, and Campbell for their work protecting ratepayers. These new rules will help Louisianans lower their energy bills and use those savings for other critical needs like medicine and food."
Commissioner Field, Boissiere, and Campbell voted in favor of the Energy Efficiency rules, Commissioner Skrmetta voted for the rules but does not support this initiative, and Holloway voted against.