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Summary

Louisiana’s investor-owned utilities do not currently administer energy efficiency programs outside of New Orleans. Entergy New Orleans, which is regulated by the City of New Orleans, offers a portfolio of energy efficiency programs called Energy Smart. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), which regulates all other investor-owned utilities (IOUs), has been in the process of developing energy efficiency rules since 2009. In December 2012, the LPSC approved the rules, which created a framework for quick-start energy efficiency programs, however the rules were overturned in February 2013. In June 2013, the LPSC voted to approve the rules, however then voted to suspend the rules pending further revisions.  The rules are still under consideration, and if adopted, would establish a framework for near-term “quick-start” energy efficiency programs by electric and natural gas IOUs, and would then establish a longer-term process to establish comprehensive energy efficiency regulations.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

For further reading, in May 2013, ACEEE completed the report Louisiana’s 2030 Energy Efficiency Roadmap: Saving Energy, Lowering Bills, and Creating Jobs

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November 8, 2013


Customer Energy Efficiency Programs

Entergy New Orleans offers a portfolio of energy efficiency programs including residential, small commercial, and industrial offerings through its Energy Smart program. No other utility in the state offers comprehensive energy efficiency programs for their customers. 

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Alternative Business Models

In New Orleans there is a rate rider that provides for recovery of lost contribution to fixed costs for the electric and gas utility, Entergy. The lost contribution estimate is the product of the adjusted gross margin per kWh and the total annual projected savings. There is currently no policy in place at the state level that decouples utility profits from sales. 


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August 9, 2013


Reward Structures for Successful Energy Efficiency Programs

In New Orleans there is a rate rider that includes an incentive mechanism for the electric and gas utility, Entergy. To be eligible for an incentive the utility must achieve 75% or greater of its approved savings goal. The incentive is based on a sliding scale and is a percentage of the utilities approved return on equity. The incentive is capped at 125% of the annual projected savings goal.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission is currently considering the possible development of a financial incentive for electric and gas utilities (Docket R-31106).  


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August 9, 2013


Energy Efficiency as a Resource

In March 2012, the LPSC voted to adopt integrated resource planning (IRP) rules, which direct investor-owned electric utilities in the state to develop long-term plans for both supply- and demand-side resources (Docket No. R-30021). Other than indirectly through the IRP process, there is currently no policy in place that treats energy efficiency as a resource.


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August 7, 2013


Evaluation, Measurement & Verification

There are no formally approved ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in Louisiana.


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August 13, 2013


Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

There is currently no EERS in place.

For more information on Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, click here.


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August 9, 2013