Louisiana Energy Efficiency Rules up for re-consideration June 26, 2013

Louisiana Energy Efficiency Rules up for re-consideration June 26, 2013 Statewide Energy Efficiency Rules are up for a vote in the Louisiana Public Service Commission meeting on June 26, 2013. You may remember that the rules were adopted by LPSC Dec 12, 2012 and reversed on Feb 27 during a meeting in which public comment was not allowed by the Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta. We challenged that in court and the lawsuit is currently pending. Mr. Skrmetta has agreed to re-hear the issue at the LPSC meeting planned for June 26, 2013.

The rules would apply to LPSC ­jurisdictional investor-owned electric and gas utilities. The proposed rules would implement a “Quick Start” process whereby the utilities would measure efficiency gains using a number of methods. The results would be used to develop phase II rules that would apply more broadly to industries in Louisiana.

According to the rule each utility’s program should strive to meet as many of the following objectives as possible: provide energy savings; provide permanent peak demand reductions; be cost effective; reduce emissions including CO2; lead to increased system energy security by reducing load, contribute to a reduction in curtailments or system failures; be implemented efficiently; contribute to a reduction in the need for capacity resource additions; and, increase utility energy efficiency capabilities and infrastructure.

Utilities are entitled to collect in their rates the direct program costs of rebates and incentives paid to customers but this could be more than offset by incentives and savings on each customer’s electrical usage. The end result would be lower utility rates for customers, deferred cost of capital improvements to meet increasing demand and reduced carbon emissions.

Please contact the Commissioners before June 26 and voice your support for the statewide energy efficiency rules. You don't have to go into detailed discussion. Usually you will talk to an office assistant who is logging calls for and against.

Phone numbers for Commissioners are: Cmr. Skrmetta (District 1): 504-846-6930 Cmr. Angelle (District 2): 225-342-6900 Cmr. Boissiere (District 3): 504-680-9529 Cmr. Holloway (District 4): 318-748-4715 Cmr.Campbell (District 5): 318-676-7464

Thank you, Haywood (Woody) Martin

Further Information A comprehensive analysis of Louisiana’s potential for Energy Efficiency is contained in the following report:

Louisiana’s 2030 Energy Efficiency Roadmap: Saving Energy, Lowering Bills, and Creating Jobs A report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy http://aceee.org/research-report/e13b

Many of the following listed bullet points come from this report. Feel free to use these points when writing a letter or calling public service commissioners to voice your support for the Energy Efficiency Rule.

Energy efficiency (EE) is the energy we do not need to use as a result of improved technologies and practices. The ACEEE study finds that energy efficiency potential is largely untapped in Louisiana A comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency policies such as building energy codes and utility customer efficiency programs have the potential to cost effectively meet 5% cumulative of statewide electricity needs by 2020, increasing to 16% by 2030 

The set of recommended efficiency policies and programs in this report can reduce Louisiana’s energy costs by a net $4.2 billion over the life of the energy-saving measures.

The macroeconomic assessment finds that in 2030, greater energy efficiency will result annually in about $3 billion in net economic output, including $1 billion in wages, $663 million in business income to small business owners, 27,100 person-years of employment, and increased state and local tax revenue by $114 million.

Energy efficiency can play an important role toward meeting growing demand for energy as the least-cost component of a diversified energy resource portfolio. As the least cost resource, efficiency investments have the universal effect of lowering energy costs for all customers.

Investments in efficiency foster economic development in the state and create local jobs for home and small business energy auditors and installers of improvements. Lower energy bills free up money that customers can use to invest in the local economy and help businesses to remain competitive.

Energy efficiency is the the cheapest, cleanest and lowest risk solution to meet rising energy demand in Louisiana.

The proposal to be considered on June 26 is to implement a Phase 1 Quick Start process to encourage utility companies and their customers to make efficient use of energy and thereby realize bill savings by introducing an initial set of energy efficiency programs that can be designed and implemented quickly and economically.

The objectives of the rules to be considered by the LPSC on June 26 are to: Provide energy savings Provide permanent peak demand reductions Be cost effective Reduce emissions including CO2 Lead to increased system energy security by reducing load Be implemented efficiently Contribute to a reduction in the need for capacity resource additions Increase utility energy efficiency capabilities and infrastructure

The proposed Louisiana energy efficiency rule can be located at: http://www.all4energy.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/news_thumb/Noti...

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