Net-Metering in Louisiana Slated for Execution, Please Call the Commissioners

Mary Shepp's home in Lafayette

Under current law in Louisiana and many other states, all energy generated by solar customers belongs to them. For every kWh they feed onto the grid they are entitled to a credit worth a kWh in return. At the end of the month the customer owes the utility the base customer charge plus whatever extra power they used over what they produced.

Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway has proposed a rule change which will force these customers to sell their power to the utility at a fraction of its value (wholesale cost $0.03-0.04/kWh). Then the Utility is allowed to sell that same energy to other customers at retail prices ($0.08/kWh). The Public Service Commission has never even done a cost/benefit analysis to show that such a reduction is justified. Such a drastic change in the rules could devastate the small but growing solar energy industry in Louisiana which now numbers over 200 installers and has created more than 1,000 jobs.

The proposal was first made at the Louisiana Public Service Commission meeting on April 17 but Commissioner Holloway decided to postpone the vote. The decision is now on the agenda for the upcoming commission meeting to be held on May 21, 2013 at 9:00 am.

We are asking you to call the Louisiana Public Service Commissioners and ask them to vote on May 21 to keep our Net Metering rule the way it is. This is the second time we have had to ask you to call the commissioners and we may have to do it before every commission meeting until they drop this bad idea. It only takes a few minutes to make the calls to all five commissioners. Just tell the secretary your name and address and that you are opposed to changing the Net Metering rules. We especially want you to call the office of Commissioner Scott Angelle as he has shown some support for our cause and needs to hear from us.

Call your Commissioners NOW!

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

For more information you can go to this issue on our Sierra Club Delta Chapter website at: http://lasierraclub.org/node/43

Thanks for your help on this. Woody Martin

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