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Louisiana Approves First State-Wide Energy Efficiency Program In Southeast

Louisiana Approves First State-Wide Energy Efficiency Program In Southeast

Louisiana’s utility regulators, the Louisiana Public Service Commission, voted in late January to approve creation of the first state-wide, independent, energy efficiency program in the Southeast U.S. The program will have a mission to reduce energy usage and energy bills for both homes and businesses across the state. Measures can include things like insulating buildings, sealing leaky ductwork, and upgrading lighting.

Louisiana residents used more electricity per-capita than any other state, in 2022. Louisiana ranked 46th in ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a fact frequently cited during the commission hearing. 25% of residential efficiency investments will target low-income households and renters.

The Commission plans to hire an experience third-party, statewide administrator to manage the program. The new program is set to begin in 2026, and will be available to utility customers at most of the utilities regulated by the Commission. One exception is Entergy New Orleans which is regulated by the City Council, and has its own existing program. The state’s two largest utilities opposed the measure, Entergy and Cleco.

State efficiency advocates hope the new program will allow the state to leverage hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds, and reduce fossil fuel power generation in the state.

More information is available here.

 

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.

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