On Wednesday, June 26, in a stunning 360 degree turnaround, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to reinstate the Energy Efficiency rules they originally passed in December, which in a bizarre twist, had been overturned two months later in February.
Despite having among the lowest retail electricity rates, Louisiana has extraordinarily high energy bills that are among the worst in the nation, ranking 45th among states according to the Energy Information Administration. With reinstatement of these rules, the Commission authorizes use of energy efficiency as a cost-effective alternative to more expensive ways of meeting consumer demand.
The Alliance for Affordable Energy appreciates the continued support of Commissioners Boissiere and Campbell and applauds Commissioner Angelle’s leadership and diligence to ensure Louisiana’s energy efficiency rules are equitable.
The Commission is working to ensure that significant benefits are delivered to both residential and commercial ratepayers and we look forward to assisting the Commission in the success of the programs as they move forward.
“Efficiency works to keep rates and bills low for everyone. These programs are vital to Louisiana’s energy future,” said Alliance for Affordable Energy Utility Policy Director Forest Wright. “Louisiana’s families and businesses will have the opportunity to modernize buildings that are bleeding energy while putting local people to work. Utility scale energy efficiency programs save money for all customers by reducing the need to build more $1billion power plants. Simply put, efficiency works for Louisiana.”
Dozens of Louisiana citizens representing the business community, residential rate-payers, and non-profit advocates spoke before the commission to make a strong case in support of energy efficiency.
Following Wednesday’s vote, there will be one final opportunity for public comment in mid-July.
Since 2009, the Alliance has regularly submitted comments in this proceeding and will provide recommendations building on the ideas presented.
If anyone is interested in this process and wish to get involved, they may contact the Alliance at (504) 208-9761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.