Sierra Club Delta Chapter Legislative Update, April 29, 2013

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Tax credits and incentives for residential wind and solar

Louisiana residential solar energy tax incentives are getting a lot of attention in the legislature this year. There are four legislative bills proposing elimination or limits on incentives. They are HB 444 Burrell, HB 587 Robideaux, HB 705 Ponti, and SB 231 Martiny. HB 444 and 587 are similar bills that require cost benefit analysis by March 1, 2015 for a whole list of tax exemptions including the ones for wind and solar. The tax exemptions on the entire list would be terminated beginning Jan 2016. These are revenue enhancement measures left over from the governor’s ill fated attempt to eliminate the state income tax. Neither of these bills has yet moved in the legislative process.

John Turley Pushes for Bioremediation of Oil Spills

John Turley in Lafayette flyer

John Turley, Petroleum Engineer and offshore industry expert in his presentation for Sierra Club Acadian Group on April 17 identified the sequence of events that caused the BP Macondo well blowout on April 20, 2010 and the subsequent oil spill disaster in the Gulf. In response to questions he discussed the problem of toxic dispersants and the emergence of information about better alternatives. A key issue is that BP used the toxic dispersant Corexit because it had been preauthorized by EPA. News reports at the time said that even when EPA asked BP to use less toxic alternatives BP continued with massive quantities of Corexit because (they said) that was the only dispersant agent available in sufficient quantity.

HCR 68 Continues Study of Bayou Teche

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House Concurrent Resolution 68 by Representative Stephen Ortego has passed the Louisiana Legislature and continues the study of Bayou Teche for designation as a Historic and Scenic River under the Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act. HCR 68 focuses the study on the portions of Bayou Teche flowing through St. Martin Parish and St. Landry Parish. HCR 49 in last year’s (2012) legislature had requested La Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries to study inclusion of the entire length of Bayou Teche in four parishes.

LPSC Considering Rollback of Incentives for Solar Panels on Homes

Mary Shepp's home in Lafayette

The Louisiana Public Service Commission met Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Baton Rouge and heard testimony on Net-Metering by solar installers and owners, utility representatives, PSC staff and others. Clyde Holloway, District 4 commissioner and proponent of changing the net-meter order, offered a motion but said he would delay a vote until the PSC meets May 21 in Baton Rouge. Here are highlights of his pending motion:

1) Reduce the rate of payment to net-metering customers to average avoided cost plus one cent per kilowatt-hour

"The New Atlantis? Climate Disruption and New Orleans"

New Atlantis Climate Change and New Orleans Discussion Flyer

New data about climate change and subsidence in Southeast Louisiana doesn't bode well for the future of our city. Can New Orleans survive rising seas, sinking soils, and more intense storms over the course of this century? Join NOAA scientist Tim Osborn, Tulane ecologist Bruce Fleury, and Jordan Macha and Devin Martin from the Sierra Club as we discuss the state of the science and what can be done to prevent New Orleans from becoming the New Atlantis.

Thursday, April 18
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tulane Law Clinic Building, Rm. 110

Senator Vitter Pays High Compliment to Lisa Jackson

Jordan Blum reports yesterday that Sen. David Vitter has called Lisa Jackson, of New Orleans, "the worst EPA head ever." If I were Lisa Jackson I would take that as a high compliment coming from Sen. Vitter.

Net-Metering in Louisiana Slated for Execution

Mary Shepp's home in Lafayette

This information comes to us from our friends at Alliance for Affordable Energy and is repeated here because of its importance to the future of the solar industry in Louisiana.

Unless we all step forward to defend it, Louisiana will be the 1st state to eliminate solar net-metering. Under current law in Louisiana (and every other state), all energy generated by solar customers belongs to them. 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.

April 2013 Delta Sierran Newsletter

Read the latest news from Sierra Club Delta Chapter, including:

  • View From the Chair - ALEC and RPS
  • Earl’s Pearls - Guns Along the Bayou
  • Delta Chapter Goes to Washington
  • Reflections on the Keystone Rally
  • Disappointing News on the Energy Front
  • Delta Chapter’s Scenic Rivers Project is on a Roll

Click Here to Read the April 2013 Delta Sierran Newsletter.

Offshore Drilling Expert/Author to Speak at Lafayette Southside Library April 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

Eleven Crosses at Grand Isle

April 8, 2013

Contact: Haywood Martin, 337-298-8380, or
Lillian Espinoza-Gala, 337-266-8004

Offshore Drilling Expert/Author to Speak at Lafayette Southside Library
6101 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
April 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

On this third anniversary of the Macondo disaster we can honor not only the 11 who died, but the 115 who survived and all of those who continue to work on this new ultra deep ultra high pressure frontier.

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